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IC5070 (Pelican Nebula)


I've never tried imaging the Pelican Nebula in narrowband before so this was my first attempt. Since it was nearly a full moon I decided to limit the image capture to Ha data.  This was also my first image after my recent adjustment of spacing between my field flattener/reducer and CCD (according to CCDInspector, the aspect ratio of my stars is now more consistent which I took to be a good sign). The image is processed via a combination of smartsharpen, noise reduction, unsharp mask, High Pass Filter and HDR toning. I was quite impressed by the HDR toning effect on the lighter parts of the image.  I like the overall result, particular the details and the slight 3D effect.

LIGHTS: 8 x 1800s Ha; FLATS: 40; BIAS: 100; DARKS: 30 all at -20C.  


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