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Slowly dabbling with narrow band and the processing that is becoming more like art than science 🙂
I really am enjoying it though, Imaged this in my red zone back garden last night, it's 10 x 300 secs each of Ha Oiii and Sii ( no darks as they looked weird )
Thanks for looking / feedback.
DSS - Photoshop levels / curves - gradient xterminator - photoshop channel combine as per @swag72 tutorial - photoshop levels to balance colours to my taste - slight noise and star size reduction (Noels tools)
I scrapped all the Oiii and Sii data I previously took during a full moon (about 15 hours worth) and retook it all when the moon was a bit smaller at 76%. Ha was taken during 98% and 67% moon. All the lights were taken on the following nights: 12th, 19th and 20th September 2019.
Integration times, all in 600s subs unbinned:
Ha = 28.33 hours
Oiii= = 5.67 hours
Sii = 5.67 hours
The Ha data is really nice, and unsurprisingly the Oiii and Sii is not as strong (or nice).
I'm missing that (vital) step in my processing routine of getting the Sii and Oiii properly stretched to match the Ha, before combining. I dont really know how to deal with the weaker data properly. Any pointers would be appreciated.
What I do currently:
All the data is loaded into APP into separate channels/sessions.
The data is stacked and registered against the best Ha sub
This produces individual stacks of Ha, Sii and Oiii that are all registered
Each channel is processed with DPP in APP and then saved as a 16bit TIFF
Each is opened in PS
Stars removed with AA and any remnants removed and tidied up
I then open a blank RGB document in PS
I paste Ha into Green, Sii into Red and Oiii into Blue
Adjust the selective colour settings to get 'Hubble palette'
Adjust levels, curves, saturation until looks ok
All the Ha Sii Oiii data is then combined together in a single 'super' stack in APP using quality weighted algorithm to create a 'luminance'
That luminance layer is adjusted using levels, curves, and NC tools such as local contrast enhancement and deep space noise reduction (using masks to apply as required)
The luminance is pasted onto the above colour layer, and incrementally added using gaussian blur
Cropped and saved.
Here it is anyway I haven't intended on any more exposure time for this one, but will consider it, if the expert opinion dictates otherwise!
I'm from Hungary. This is my first post. I am glad to be here.
Recently I'm trying to sketch some deep-sky objects. I've made this observation yesterday. Cygnus was near to the zenith and the sky was pretty dark.
NGC 7000 is one of my favourite target. I like to observe it with any telescopes, especially with RFTs and with UHC filter.
Please excuse my language errors.
Well it was a good night, weather-wise, last night (12-Nov-2017) in this part of Oxfordshire. Cool (3 degrees) but amazingly dry, really (85%.) And so, for once, everything wasn't covered in dew by the end of the night.
After an earlier debacle with coma-corrector spacing, I've shaved off a further 0.5mm to try and tweak it a bit better, but I've also (for my sins) started a trial period with PI. I've so far eschewed this box of tools in favour of simpler, and some home-grown, things. But I'm interested in finding out more about what so many people use... even if only to understand the PI-speak language a bit better.
As a result of all this, I want to try things out on some smallish datasets, and ended up with:
Crescent, 12 x 300s (60 min) Pelican, 17 x 300s (85 min) Iris, 12 x 300s (60 min) Horsehead, 6 x 300s (30 min) Quattro 8" on Avalon M-Uno, QHY8L OSC, captured, guided, and dithered, by Nebulosity, pretty poorly processed in PI (my fault, not its) including bias, darks, and flats.
Some observations about the images:
Crescent... a difficult RGB target, I've tried but failed to reduce the background stars Pelican... just a bit too big for the frame, but the extra data (more than 60 mins) helps with noise Iris... real problems with the background. The APS-C sensor is just a bit too big for this scope? Horsehead... my first ever attempt at this. Pleased to have resolved the Alnitak double. Sad to have framed it so poorly for the Flame. No doubt the processing is very ham-fisted for my first use of PI, so any C&C is positively encouraged!
Thanks for looking.
Here is my version of the Pelican Nebula.
Data capture done during several nights from the 14th august to 22nd September 2017. Location, country side one hours drive south of Copenhagen.
HA 5nm: 47 x 600 second subs, moon lit nights.
OIII 3nm: 29 x 600 second subs, no moon. SQM 21.10
SII 3nm: 37 x 600 second subs, no moon SQM 21.30
Total exposure: 18 hours 50 minutes
Calibrated and stacked followed by deconvolve and DPP in Maxim.
Layered as Hubble palette and final curves in Photoshop. Reduction of magenta saturation and lightnes to adjust star color in the flattened image.
Equipment: Mesu200 mount. 10" Skywatcher Quattro, Atik 460m camera and Astrodon filters. Offaxis guided.
Link to full resolution: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B-WsltPPgG5JeXFIZnA5d3ZkYmc
Thanks for watching.