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I've been less active lately in this hobby, but I've a few images done, others waiting in the pipeline to be processed.
This is a "crowded" area of our Milky Way galaxy, visible all summer from the northern hemisphere. The Cygnus constellation is home of many named and nameless nebulae.
Starting from the left (North), below the brightest star, Deneb, the Pelican and the North America Nebulae are very popular; going to right, just below the brightest star close to the center of the image, Sadr, lies the Gamma Cygni Nebula. A bit towards the top-right there's the Crescent Nebula and going forward top-right, there's the Tulip Nebula. Finally, at the bottom-right corner, the Veil Nebula, a super nova remnant.
All these are surrounded by shiny gaseous filaments or dusty patches blocking the light.
I started this during the pandemic lockdown. All of the data was captured from my hometown from a balcony brightly lit by a sodium street lamp, but the narrowband filters did their job well, blocking successfully the sodium emission.
A total of 23 hours is made of 2x3 panels composed in a larger mosaic, each panel consisting in about 1h of exposure for the red Hydrogen and 3h of exposure for the cyan Oxigen, all through a Sigma 105 macro stopped at F/4, ASI1600MMC with 6nm Astronomik filters.
I'm planning to shoot RGB data too and make an RGB/HOO composition.
Cheers and clear skies!
astrobin link: https://www.astrobin.com/r22yre/
flickr link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/170274755@N05/49939128338/
Here is the Eastern Veil Nebula (NGC 6992/5), part of a large supernova remnant found in the constellation of Cygnus. You are looking at the wispy leftovers of a star 20 times more massive than our sun which exploded some 8000 years ago.
- Sky-Watcher 200PDS telescope
- HEQ5 Pro mount
- ZWO ASI1600MM camera for capture
- ZWO filter wheel, Ha and Oiii filters
- ZWO 120MM camera for autoguiding
- ZWO finder-guider guidescope
- Artesky flats box
- 6th September 2019 from my garden in Glasgow, Scotland.
- 50x120sec with Ha filter, unity gain
- 50x120sec with Oiii filter, unity gain
- 20 flats each filter and 20 darks
- Controlled using Sequence Generator Pro
- Stacked in Deep Sky Stacker
- PixInsight dynamic crop, dynamic background extraction, pixelmath (to produce bicolour HOO image), colour calibration, SCNR, histogram transformation, curved transformation, star mask and star reduction, TGV denoise
- Final denoise with Topaz Denoise and some touch ups in Lightroom.
- More time on the target (less clouds).
- Addition of comma corrector to my imaging train.
- Create mosaic of the wider Veil nebula area.
- Improve PixInsight processing workflow.