M42 (not again!)

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M42 (not again!)

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Hey guys,

Sorry for posting just about the most often taken nebula ever! It is the first time though taken with the new ccd camera on the AP via all the RGB filters. This one was taken with data originating from Kahang and the recent Tioman sites, with HA taken from Singapore. Did not really take much short exposures to satisfy core details at this point in time, too busy trying to take enough long subs for each filter! This is a quick-processed overall image to see what's cooking.

So far, since CNY, i think we have been blessed with a spate of decent skies, looks like 2011 is already better than 2010, and may every imager continue to take these opportunities to soak their cameras with plentiful photons!

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Post by wucheeyiun »

Hi Remus, i reprocess to get a little deeper in to the deep nebulae ( hope you don't mind )

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Good effort from you :)

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thanks wu! it does give the nebula more contrast but kinda defeats the purpose of going long exposures to see more of the outer faint regions. the core region is also desaturated of colour. it may be recommended to do a duplicate layer on core region, set mode to colour and do contrast curving to reduce core intensity.... but find that sometimes it will still look more natural to layer proper short exposures in... good effort too!

hopefully can get short exposures data this friday in punggai
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Post by cataclysm »

Nice! You can never get enough of it! The image looks mirrored, did you intentionaly flip it?

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no Kelvin... the FITS data are flipped... need to flip it back actually!
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another version, with the core details added from previous TOA data. Also flipped the orientation.

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Post by kensou »

omgawd so nice... i wonder when its my turn to start taking such nice photos :D

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lol man.. dont get me all started again! nice shot. now hand over the password to access the Hubble space telescope!!

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Post by timatworksg »

AGAIN??...lol! You can never get enough of it and it's awe and splendor!
Great work....nice CCD!! Couples well with the scope!
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I could spend hours looking at that image, Remus!
Nice one.

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