I'm just looking for a bit of advice about a recent DSO I imaged.
I've just gotten back into imaging and processing after taking a break over the winter.
I decided to image the Iris Nebula as I have a clear view of west / north / east horizons.
* Canon Rebel T6i (Unmodified)
* Skytech CLS Filter
* WO Z61 APO w/ Field Flattener
* SkyGuider Pro w/ iPolar
* ZWO MiniScope & ZWO ASI120mm Mini (autoguider)
I believe this is my entire relevant equipment list, but let me know if I might have left something out that might be important.
The image attached has 28 lights at 4 minutes each and all of the calibration files (darks, flats, bias) stacked in DSS.
I'll add that the moon was not out this night, and it was almost a new moon anyways.
Processed with Photoshop, although I'm not a master.
I'm just concerned as to why I'm not getting any contrast / not picking up any space dust besides what can be seen in the very center.
I'm wondering if I may be doing something incorrectly to achieve these results? I've gotten some great photos with the same gear, and looking it up, Reflection nebula are great for unmodified DSLRs, so what gives?
Might anybody have any advice, suggestions, anything to achieve a more accurate image of the Iris Nebula?
I'm very new to all of this so identifying issues within my setup is extremely difficult for me so I'm just hoping the cloudynights forum can offer a little friendly assistance
https://imgur.com/a/626yIek Here is a link to my image of the Eastern Veil Nebula I took last summer at the same exact spot (Bortle 6/7) with the exact same gear, for reference.
Edited by cojo2657, 09 May 2021 - 08:00 AM.