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antimorris

Orion Nebula on a perfect British night

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Orion Nebula (Messier 42) from a few nights ago. ~8 hours of data on my Nikon D7000. Best night I have seen here in my little spot of England for the past 3 years. It was absolutely perfect out! I had been wanting to image this again for years as I hadn't since I first started astrophotography and was mightily pleased that I finally got around to it. I have a little bit of coma in the image still just as I forgot to use my field flattener. I processed some of it out, but didn't want to crop too much or lose too much around the edges by using lens correction too much. Aside from that, I was quite happy. Almost makes me want to use my Nikon more and my CCD a little less!


This was done with a stock Nikon D7000 at ISO200 and Orion EON80ED. Processed in Photoshop CS5. 


Exposure details: 

Integration Time:

20x60"

12x120"

10x480" 

12x600" 

16x900" 

Total Integration: 8.1 hours


I have also done a writeup on my blog about the processing as I had several people ask after I first threw it up on my Facebook.


More image details/higher res: My website or on Astrobin


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Wow, love it! Impressed that it is with an unmodded camera too, the colours look great. What made you choose the nikon? Increased fov, I presume?

I'm contemplating a CCD camera, but this makes me think twice about what my canon 60D is actually capable of when used properly....

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I've said it all on DDA but I'll say it again....wonderful stuff Anna :)

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Actually the Nikon is my normal camera. I have always had Nikons so have just stuck with them whenever I upgrade. I normally do CCD imaging but every once in a while I'll throw the Nikon on for the larger FOV.

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That's fantastic Anna. The colours are superb and the dust detail is incredible. Really first rate :icon_salut:

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Brilliant, Anna.  What Bortle scale sky was this taken from?

How do you like the Colour Efex Plugins?  I have been debating about picking them up and based on your image it looks like it's worth the cash.

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Super colours and detail. I could stare at this for ages.

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Can't believe you pulled that off with just a DSLR! Thats superb! I'll be following your write up. I have 8 hrs of my own DSLR data that I want to redo and then add my CCD data as well. 

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Hi Anna,

This is unbelievable work, this is stunning for a good dedicated CCD never mind a DSLR!!! Your processing skills are top notch, big thanks for the video tutorial, I shall folow that step by step once I gather a good data of M42 :)

Congrats on such a fine image!

Edited by Luis Campos

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Anna - Absolutely brilliant - love using un modified Nikons for Deep Sky

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I'm blown away! Hard to guess this is with a dslr! Well done!

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Brilliant, Anna.  What Bortle scale sky was this taken from?

How do you like the Colour Efex Plugins?  I have been debating about picking them up and based on your image it looks like it's worth the cash.

Roughly Bortle 6-6.5 (although that is my own estimate). 

I really like the Color Efex Pro plugins - although I have and use them for my regular photography stuff more than astro. Have just started using them in conjunction with my actions and own Photoshop processing to help bring out some fainter detail. Still playing around with them for astro stuff

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I went away for the day and came back to way more comments than I expected. Thank you all so very much for your kind words about my photo!!

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