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Lagoon Nebula Region-First Attempt

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#1 markfeastman

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Posted 19 June 2024 - 12:43 AM

This is my first attempt of the Lagoon region. Image acquired in my backyard in Bortle 5+ skies over 2 nights with ~50% moon and average seeing.

9 hours of data using 60 second subs.

Askar 103 APO with 1.0 field flattener

ZWO ASI2400MC Pro OSC camera

ZWO AM5 mount

EAF focuser

ASI AIR Plus acquisition and guiding
Processed in PixInsight and Photoshop
Pixinsight steps: Blink, Subframe selector, WBPP, SetiAstro.com tools (Automatic DBE, Find Background), BlurXterminator, SPCC, Stars extracted with StarXterminator.
Starless image processed with Histogram Transformation, Curves for saturation only, Dark Structure Enhance. No color masks used because I wanted to see an authentic representation of the color
Stars stretched using SetiAstro.com Star Stretch script at 4.0 strength and 1.2 color enhancement.
Combined with Pixel Math using screen method ~((~starless)*(~stars))

 

Hi Resolution Version at astrobin

https://www.astrobin.com/7qdouh/

 

Suggestions and comments appreciated

 

Thanks to those of you who have coached me on CN. I am encouraged that good images can be achieved in moderately light polluted skies!

 

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#2 sn2006gy

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Posted 19 June 2024 - 12:47 AM

nice work! large FOV really pays off here
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#3 galacticinsomnia

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Posted 19 June 2024 - 12:55 AM

This is my first attempt of the Lagoon region. Image acquired in my backyard in Bortle 5+ skies over 2 nights with ~50% moon and average seeing.

9 hours of data using 60 second subs.

Askar 103 APO with 1.0 field flattener

ZWO ASI2400MC Pro OSC camera

ZWO AM5 mount

EAF focuser

ASI AIR Plus acquisition and guiding
Processed in PixInsight and Photoshop
Pixinsight steps: Blink, Subframe selector, WBPP, SetiAstro.com tools (Automatic DBE, Find Background), BlurXterminator, SPCC, Stars extracted with StarXterminator.
Starless image processed with Histogram Transformation, Curves for saturation only, Dark Structure Enhance. No color masks used because I wanted to see an authentic representation of the color
Stars stretched using SetiAstro.com Star Stretch script at 4.0 strength and 1.2 color enhancement.
Combined with Pixel Math using screen method ~((~starless)*(~stars))

 

Hi Resolution Version at astrobin

https://www.astrobin.com/7qdouh/

 

Suggestions and comments appreciated

 

Thanks to those of you who have coached me on CN. I am encouraged that good images can be achieved in moderately light polluted skies!

This is a really nice image.  I like the light touch, and flat image.  The contrast is really great and the dynamic range looks well intact.

Clear skies !!



#4 markfeastman

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Posted 19 June 2024 - 01:02 AM

This is a really nice image.  I like the light touch, and flat image.  The contrast is really great and the dynamic range looks well intact.

Clear skies !!

Thanks!  I really tried to keep the processing at a minimum because I wanted to get an image as close to authentic as possible. I have a history of over-processing when I first started. I am lerning so much from great people on this forum

take care


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