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mark7331

M42 in the early hours

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Hi everyone,

Since we've finally had some clearer nights I've had a chance to practice my guiding methods and I feel like I made some reasonable progress on Saturday night. So at midnight I started work on M33. By 4am with four hours of red in the bag I decided to have a look around and take some quick shots of something else (as you do). I looked up at Orion who was smiling down so it seemed only fair to have a crack at M42. I've never taken any images of the Great Nebula before and it was an amazing sight.

So until 6am I took 2 minute subs of Ha, OIII, red and blue. I didn't really choose to use OIII but to be honest it was already in the green slot in the filter wheel and, at 4am, I wasn't about to change it - I'm glad I didn't. :)

I've processed in PixInsight using R,OIII & B as RGB and then applied the Ha as luminance. I'm going to try lots of other combinations with the data.

Taken with Atik314L+ on the SPX200 (Field of view:34'x25'). Flats & darks were applied.

I think that I need some kind of coma correction and a good laser collimator (mine's a cheepo).

All comments at all and any advice would be very welcome.

Thanks for looking,

Mark

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Wow, what a quick shot! Very beautiful. I think you will collect more data in winter. It is it worth I think. :)

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Thanks everyone for your kind comments. Nibor that's amazingly high praise. Thanks. :)

I really enjoyed capturing this especially with the O3 and Ha. I hadn't imaged M42 before and those two hours before dawn were so exciting. I can't wait to get out there again. :)

Thanks again. :happy1:

Mark

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Absolutely lovely....

I recon if you throw in a layer of 10 sec or so subs to show the trapezium stars it'll be just about perfect.

Damn I can't wait for M42 to be back up at a sociable hour again! :-)

Ben

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Like I said in the other thread, this is a really nice image! Nice colours, core's not blown, great stuff! :)

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Thanks again everyone. :)

I recon if you throw in a layer of 10 sec or so subs to show the trapezium stars it'll be just about perfect.

Cheers Ben, I'll give it a go when it's clear next.

Beautiful, what are these clear skies you speak of?

They're a sort of mythical beast. I didn't believe they existed until last week. :)

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Amazing image and with only 2min subs! Can anybody else see a monkey's face in the image? right hand side, you can see the eye's nose and mouth?

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Can anybody else see a monkey's face in the image? right hand side, you can see the eye's nose and mouth?

Now that you've mentioned it. :)

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