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Realm of the Dragon - Dec 2017-Jan2018


About a month ago I started to image the Dragon Face nebula region, in accordance with my plan to image more southern sky objects which are rarely imaged by amateurs.

This area is just north of the Tarantula nebula on the edge of the Large Magellanic Cloud, within a star dense area of the sky. The density of stars can be seen as this was imaged at 2032mm and still the stars are dense like noise where stars are more spaced apart in my images taken at this focal length.

In the FOV there are a number of nebulae within this frame, namely NGC2032, NGC2035 and NGC2040 which make up the Dragons Face. There are also NGC2020 which is he blue swirl top left and NGC2014 is the red veil directly under it. There is also NGC2021 that is bottom center of the frame and a faintly visible NGC2053 which is bottom right frame under and to the back of the "dragon face".

This was imaged over multiple nights in RGB and through HAlpha, Sulfur II and Oxygen III filters using a full spectrum modded uncooled Canon 40D DSLR.

Honestly the amount of time spent on SII and OIII was not necessary and it was wasted imaging time, the strongest data was RGB and HAlpha, adding SII and OIII made almost no difference to the look of the image after stacking and processing...

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