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alan4908 last won the day on September 3

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About alan4908

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  1. Thanks ! Many thanks for your comment Olly.
  2. Thanks - I don't often reprocess but I'm pleased that this time. Thanks for the comment. Many thanks Dave.
  3. I decided to reprocess my M100 data from last year. This time, I decided to present the image in a much wider field of view, which has the benefit of highlighting the various background galaxies. The other notable changes are that the blue spiral arms are emphasized more and the overall brightness of the central galaxy has been increased. At just over 12 hours integration time, this was taken with my Esprit 150. Alan The original version is here:
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    Deep Sky III

    Images taken with a Trius 814 and a Esprit 150
  5. I use NoMachine https://www.nomachine.com/ and actually prefer it over TeamViewer. Alan
  6. Thanks Yes, I really do like my Esprit 150 - given the quality, I think it represents excellent value for money. Alan
  7. My second processing attempt at the dark nebula LDN981. This time, I decided to try a more traditional LRGB rendition and so excluded the Ha I had also acquired. The image below represents 15 hours integration time and was taken with my Esprit 150. Alan LIGHTS: L:29, R:20, G:18, B:23 x 600s;. DARKS:30, BIAS:100, FLATS:40 all at -20C.
  8. My first attempt at LDN981, a dark cloud nebula located in Cygnus. I decided to try to make the image a little more colourful than the conventional rendition by capturing 10 hours of Ha data which I subsequently blended into the Red and Lum channels. This significantly increased the red parts of the image and the definition of the dark dust lanes, see below. At the bottom left on the image, an interesting object can be seen (Herbig Haro 389). This is revealed as a blue/red angular shock wave which has been created by a fast moving jet of partially ionised gas, which has been ejected by the central star, colliding with nearby gas. The image below represents 25 hours integration time and was taken with my Esprit 150. Alan LIGHTS: L:29, R:20, G:18, B:23 x 600s; Ha: 20 x 1800s. DARKS:30, BIAS:100, FLATS:40 all at -20C.
  9. If you end up with an integrated image that you are not happy with, you could also try realigning all the subs again but this time with the frame adaption option checked in the Star Alignment process. This option makes PI perform a linear fit of individual sub frame with respect to the reference frame. This option is recommended if you have large intensity variations from the different data sets. These intensity variations might come from a different camera, different camera angle etc.
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    Thanks - yes, I agree about the appearance, it does look odd. In fact, everything about this galaxy seems a little strange and mysterious. Alan
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    Thanks - yes, I was very happy with the detail on this one, helped by the superlum + deconvolution approach mentioned above. Thanks - Yes, I did find this difficult to process. An Adam Block PI technique that I found of use when processing this: given the very high dynamic range of the object, after HT stretching it so that you can see the halo, use HDMRT but only via selecting a preview with the preview encompassing the "blown out" parts. Then apply HDMRT to the preview. Use the script substitute with preview to obtain the result. You may need to blend in the result with the original image, so that you don't see the join. You may also need to repeat this technique twice, for example, once to the very bright areas and once to the bright areas. Alan
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    Thanks for the comment Alan. The faint halo rendition was helped by application of a so called superluminance (constructed from the noised weighted L, R, G, B stacks), deconvoluting this also helped in extracting the detail. Thanks - yes - I found it interesting to read up and understand a little more about this mysterious object. Thanks Alan
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    For some reason, I've never imaged M94, so here's my attempt at this very unusual galaxy. M94 is approximately 17 million light years distant and contains both inner and outer rings. Star formation occurs in both rings but is mainly concentrated in the inner ring which is also known as a starburst ring, within this region, the rate of star formation is occurring so fast that it will exhaust the available interstellar gas supply well before the death of the galaxy. The extensive outer ring contains about 20% of the galaxies mass and consists of spiral arms when viewed in IR/UV, however, in visible light it appears as a halo. Exactly how the outer ring formed is subject to debate. Past theories include gravitation interaction with a nearby star system or accretion of a satellite galaxy, however, problems have been identified with each of these theories. It is also strange that in 2008 a study indicated that M94 also seems to have little or no dark matter, which is very odd since it is inconsistent with current galaxy formation models. So, all in all, a very mysterious object. The LRGB image below represents just over 13 hours and was taken with my Esprit 150. LIGHTS: L:26, R:19, G:18. B:17 x 600s; DARKS:30, FLATS:40, BIAS:100 all at -20C.
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    Thanks for the comment. Agree on your HH comment - these are quite unusual objects. Thanks. VdB1 is close to the star Beta Cassiopeiae (or Caph) one of the main stars on the W (see below). Although it was out of the field of view for the above image, I was getting a bit of stray light contamination from this star which I eliminated via Pixinsight's DBE routine. Thanks. I must have a look at that book - it looks quite interesting. Alan
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    Here's an image that you don't see often - vdB1 which is the first entry in the van den Bergh catalogue. VdB1 is a small reflection nebula in the Cassiopeia constellation. It's approximately 1600 light years distant and about 5 light years across. It consists of dust and gas which are illuminated by bright nearby stars. The scattered light from these stars appears blue since scattering is greater at shorter wavelengths. Another interesting object within the field of view, is a somewhat strange looking looped nebula. This is an example of star formation and several herbig-haro (HH) objects are also located in this vicinity. HH objects are bright patches of nebulosity which are created when high speed partially ionised gases ejected by stars collide with nearby gas and dust. I've marked the location of these objects on the annotated version below. The image below represents just under 13 hours integration time and was taken with my Esprit 150. Alan LIGHTS: 27, R:19, G:17, B: 14 x 600s, DARKS:30, BIAS:100, FLATS:40 all at -20C.
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