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#1 Huangdi

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Posted 27 January 2021 - 06:20 PM

After reprocessing this a billion times and taking other images of this galaxy in wider fields, I'm honestly happy to finally be done with this galaxy. It is one of the prettiest out there, but it can be a pain in the A** to properly portrait.

 

This is 26 hours of integration through a 6" refractor and my QHY183M, most of the processing was done in PixInsight, though some was APP and Photoshop.

 

Let me know what you think. I'm usually a "make the colors pop" kinda guy but I really tried to go gentle on this image. I hope this shows lol

 

Check my Astrobin version for some actual detail in the image:  https://www.astrobin...usppfe/?nc=user

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Posted 27 January 2021 - 08:31 PM

Julian, to me M81 is very difficult, great job!
 

Since you asked, I would pull back a little on the pop.


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Posted 27 January 2021 - 09:00 PM

Very nice picture. Well done! I am looking forward to shooting this object in the next few months

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Posted 28 January 2021 - 05:08 AM

Julian, to me M81 is very difficult, great job!
 

Since you asked, I would pull back a little on the pop.

Thank you! 

I think I have a lead foot in regards to saturation, lol. I really tried to tone it back down in this version but dragging up that curve is just too easy! One day I'll produce a tame version grin.gif

 

Very nice picture. Well done! I am looking forward to shooting this object in the next few months

Thank you! It's a great object, lots of depth to capture. Good luck! 



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Posted 29 January 2021 - 05:56 PM

nice smooth data, pops waay too much for my taste, i like the dark filaments in the galaxy



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Posted 29 January 2021 - 06:36 PM

WOW ... just wow ... :bow:



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Posted 29 January 2021 - 06:45 PM

Really well done Julian!! Details are really sharp.



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Posted 29 January 2021 - 07:27 PM

Really superb details, but... a bit too purple.



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Posted 29 January 2021 - 10:54 PM

This to me is quite a bit more than a reserved/restrained “pop”. I have also been accused of too much “pop”.

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Edited by Cfreerksen, 29 January 2021 - 10:55 PM.


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Posted 30 January 2021 - 07:20 AM

nice smooth data, pops waay too much for my taste, i like the dark filaments in the galaxy

Thank you. I guess that's just my way of processing images. If I decreased the "pop" further, the image would look bland and boring in my eyes blush.gif

 

WOW ... just wow ... bow.gif

Thanks!

 

Really well done Julian!! Details are really sharp.

Thank you! I appreciate it :)

 

Really superb details, but... a bit too purple.

Thanks Stelios. I understand what you mean and I too noticed that. The origin of that is the poor H-Alpha data I used, I think. But I admit I quite like it. Gives it a bit more depth compared to the standard blue/yellow. 

 

This to me is quite a bit more than a reserved/restrained “pop”. I have also been accused of too much “pop”.

Chris

Well I guess everyone has their own definition of how much is too much and how much is adequate! I did notice that the de-saturated look is more welcome than the saturation bomb, but I love seeing vibrant colors :p




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