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Finally Processed M42 from last year!

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#1 Garvis

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Posted 16 April 2021 - 10:16 PM

Hello CN,

 

Attached is my capture of the great Orion Nebula (M42) from November of last year, this target has been on my list for a while. Though it is a good image for 79 minutes, revisiting to acquire additional data providing more faint dust and nebula detail is on the horizon. Processing M42 was a challenge in PixInsight, due to HDR techniques, blending, and masking! Any pointers on how to improve would be greatly appreciative, thank you for looking.

 

Clear skies,

Garvis

 

Capture Date: 11/10/2020

Location: Backyard in Upstate Central NY

Moon Phase: Waning Crescent

Illumination: 29%

Moon Age: 24.16 days

Temperature: 42F

Wind: 5 mph

Telescope/Lens: William Optics – Space Cat

Mount: EQ6R-Pro

Autoguider: ZWO ASIair Pro

Guidescope: ZWO 32mm Guidescope

Guide Camera: ZWO 1290 mini

Main Camera: ZWO 183MC Pro – cooled

Cooling: -10

Gain: 111

Bin 1

Filter: IDAS NB1 – 2”

 

Lights Series:

180s: 40

60s: 46

30s: 34

10s: 76

 

Dark Series:

180s: 20

60s: 11

30s: 10

10s: 18

 

Bias: 200

Flats: None acquired

Iteration Total: 79 mins or 1.32hrs

Processing Software: PixInsight 1.8.8-6

 

 

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Edited by Garvis, 16 April 2021 - 11:39 PM.

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#2 deepwoods1

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Posted 16 April 2021 - 10:34 PM

Dang, that's nice! I'm sure not much has changed in a year.


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#3 Jim Waters

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Posted 16 April 2021 - 11:30 PM

Worth the wait.  waytogo.gif


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Posted 17 April 2021 - 12:56 AM

Wow. That is seriously good work my friend. Well done. Really beautiful.

Wow

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#5 Garvis

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Posted 17 April 2021 - 09:06 PM

Thank you for the kind comments and likes. I’m beginning to realize that acquiring the target is becoming easier and the post processing is the challenge.


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Posted 18 April 2021 - 12:29 AM

Thank you for the kind comments and likes. I’m beginning to realize that acquiring the target is becoming easier and the post processing is the challenge.

Oh gosh yes. Absolutely. As tough as the acquiring can be, as you said, the processing can be MUCH harder.

I literally worked on my rosette nebula processing for an hour or two every night for 2 weeks before I mailed it.

But as someone who has been done VFX for 25 years, I enjoy the challenge. But, boy, can it be challenging to extract that image

All good fun.

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Posted 18 April 2021 - 12:30 AM

Thank you for the kind comments and likes. I’m beginning to realize that acquiring the target is becoming easier and the post processing is the challenge.

Incidentally, I think the toughest processing for me was M33, Triangulum. That was tricky.

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