M42 Orion & Running Man Nebulae - Redcat51 1st Light

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celeron787
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M42 Orion & Running Man Nebulae - Redcat51 1st Light

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First light for my Redcat 51. Was not a planned imaging session, I just wanted test how well the Star Adventurer can handle the Redcat, test drift align using DARV and test out 30sec subs. Things went quite well and skies remained clear, so I pointed the scope towards Orion and began snapping away.

http://nova.astrometry.net/annotated_full/4880865

Sony A6000
William Optics RedCat 51 Petzval APO
Sky-Watcher Star Adventurer
Tripod

Bortle 8
ISO400
Light frames - 119 x 30secs (manually dithered in RA and DEC)
Dark Frames - 30 x 30secs
Flat Frames - 35
Bias Frames - 50

Deep Sky Stacker
StarTools - Autodev, Crop, Wipe, Super Structure, Color, Contrast, HDR
Lightroom - Exposure, Vibrance, Highlights

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hhzhang
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Re: M42 Orion & Running Man Nebulae - Redcat51 1st Light

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I can see details in highlight regions are well kept/rendered. I can see sharp and round stars from corner to corner. I can sense a lot of hard work behind a single picture. Congrats!

On the M42 field itself. I still like this type of works more than those with many and many hours of total exposure just to exaggerate complex dust lanes and gas clouds all over the place.

celeron787
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Re: M42 Orion & Running Man Nebulae - Redcat51 1st Light

Post by celeron787 »

hhzhang wrote:
Fri Jan 22, 2021 12:22 pm
I can see details in highlight regions are well kept/rendered. I can see sharp and round stars from corner to corner. I can sense a lot of hard work behind a single picture. Congrats!

On the M42 field itself. I still like this type of works more than those with many and many hours of total exposure just to exaggerate complex dust lanes and gas clouds all over the place.
Thanks for the kind words! This is the most I can pull out due to lack of integration time, I'm thinking whether to add more time on this object or try imaging something else.

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