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Orion's Sword Wide Field - FSQ-106 + 645 reducer + ASI2600MC

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#1 Dean J.

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Posted 14 January 2022 - 05:30 PM

Hi All,
 
I would like to share the final revision of a wide field image I took last week with my ASI2600MC color camera.  I set the camera to portrait orientation so I could capture as much of the interesting areas from the open cluster NGC 1981 all the way down to the IC 430 which is in the lower left corner of this shot.
 
I used the FSQ-106 EDX4 with the 645 reducer at f/3.6.
 
This was shot from a Bortle 3 area in the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park in San Diego County at about 1500 feet altitude, ambient temperature was about 28 degrees F.
 
I was happy to see good detail around IC 427, IC 428, NGC 1999 and IC 429 in the lower left quadrant.  I have never imaged this area before.  The color camera did a great job IMHO. VdB 42 and VdB 44 can also be seen on the right side of the M42.

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#2 Mike G.

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Posted 14 January 2022 - 05:52 PM

Great capture!  fantastic detail!


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Posted 14 January 2022 - 06:15 PM

Great image, and balance. Awesome way to bring in the new year.


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Posted 15 January 2022 - 12:14 AM

Nice one Dean. I got a bit of a preview before you posted here on CN. I definitely see the improvement from "A" to "Final". As near as I can tell, you really didn't add data - just tweaked the processing - right?

 

I like that color camera - such a nice simple set up!



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Posted 15 January 2022 - 09:57 AM

Thanks for the comments and to everyone who took a look.

Jim: Yes, the differences in the versions are only me tweaking the histogram [removing an overall blue cast, the red nebula were too green, etc.] to get the color balance that I wanted.


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