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M44 Beehive Cluster


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Managed to capture 14 min exposure @ ISO400 with the 550D and the explorer 200.

I have to say i did struggle with the star color on this one. For some odd reason almost all the stars appeared blue, and i could just faintly see a trace of yellow in a couple of the brighter ones.
Think i'll have to capture more star color data next time, and maybe try on a none-moonlit sky.. :)

M44 - beehive cluster Akam SGL.jpg

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As the moon was washing away the sky this night and my targets were limitet, i decided to try something new...

I captured 115x 10 sec exposures in NIR (742nm IR-pass filter) with the QHY5L-IIM trough the finderscope, and blended this into the red channel.
I expected this to boost the more red stars, but more or less leave the blue stars alone. It appears to have worked quite well, although the resolution wasn't the best.

What do you guys think of the result?

M44 NIRRGB akam SGL.jpg

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