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MikeODay

The Fighting Dragons of Ara ( NGC 6188 and open cluster NGC 6193 ) - WIP

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Something a bit different from me ...

The proicessing is still a work in progress but I would love to hear what you think.

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The Fighting Dragons of Ara ( NGC 6188 and open cluster NGC 6193 ) - a 12 stop HDR image ( 12 sets of subs 1/8s to 240s )

( please click/tap on image to see larger and sharper )

 

 

Details:

NGC 6188 - The Fighting Dragons of Ara
NGC 6199 - open cluster ( centre left at top of image )

Image centre RA 16h 40m 9.869s, Dec -48° 41' 21.769" (nova.astrometry.net) 
Orientation: up is East, right is North
Field of view (arcmin): 58.7 x 39.1

Telescope: Orion Optics CT12 Newtonian ( mirror 300mm, fl 1200mm, f4 ).
Corrector: ASA 2" Coma Corrector Quattro 1.175x.
Effective Focal Length / Aperture : 1410mm f4.7

Mount: Skywatcher AZ Eq6 GT
Guiding: TSOAG9 Off-Axis-Guider, Starlight Xpress Lodestar X2, PHD2 

Camera: Nikon D5300 (unmodified) (sensor 23.5 x 15.6mm, 6016x4016 3.9um pixels)
Format: 14bit NEF
Noise reduction: off
Filter: none

HDR combination of 12 sets of exposures ( 24 June 2017 ):
12 stop HDR image ( 1/8 sec to 240 sec  all at ISO800 )

10 subs each for short exposures
34 subs for 240s exposure

Pixinsight: 24 June 2017

Edited by mike005
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Very nice result. Didn't manage to spot these last time I was down-under (too long ago), although I did manage a few others in Ara. Lovely area in the sky

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very nice indeed Mike,you get some lovey nebula down there :thumbright:

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Fascinating to see such great shots of Southern Hemisphere targets... You should be very pleased with that... I used to love observing through Ara and its neighbours...  

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20 hours ago, Swoop1 said:

Very nice

Thanks for that.

19 hours ago, michael.h.f.wilkinson said:

Very nice result. Didn't manage to spot these last time I was down-under (too long ago), although I did manage a few others in Ara. Lovely area in the sky

Thanks Michael, it definitely a very busy area :)

18 hours ago, Stargazer McCabe said:

Fascinating to see such great shots of Southern Hemisphere targets... You should be very pleased with that... I used to love observing through Ara and its neighbours...  

I am quite pleased thanks.  The processing still needs some work ... seen full size, the sharpening ( or perhaps something during stretching ) has damaged the bright stars with superimposed artefacts.  I'll go back a couple of steps this weekend and see if I can improve it.

19 hours ago, toxic said:

very nice indeed Mike,you get some lovey nebula down there :thumbright:

Thanks Chis.  Yes we are blessed with a number of unique objects; although I am quite jelous of your galaxies :)

 

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On 28/06/2017 at 23:19, Allinthehead said:

Beautiful.

Thank you.

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"The fighting Dragons of Ara"  That's great!  I never saw the beasts in a wider field.  Very nice work!

Rodd

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18 hours ago, Rodd said:

"The fighting Dragons of Ara"  That's great!  I never saw the beasts in a wider field.  Very nice work!

Rodd

Thank you Rodd, much appreciated.

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Still not had time to go back and play properly with this one.

Here is a quick and dirty adjustment on my IPAD - I know it is not to everyones taste but my wife wanted to see a "brighter more colourful version" ...

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" The Fighting Dragons of Ara " ( NGC 6188 )

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On 15/07/2017 at 20:46, PatrickGilliland said:

Nice work Mike - very vibrant.

Thanks Patrick, much appreciated.

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