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First attempt at M31, and third DSO, any criticism appreciated.

Capture details:

WO73 w/flattener + IDAS LPS D2 on HEQ5PRO

ASI120mm + 50mm Guidescope through PHD2

Nikon D5300 through APT 

Processed in DSS, Photoshop and Starnet++

Stack:

Lights: 87 x 120sec (2hr 54min)

Darks: 30, Flats: 50, Bias: 50

Was going for 4hours of integration but on/off blustery conditions were taking their toll on guiding.

 

 

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Great result for only a third DSO image!👍

More integration will improve the colour and detail as well as smoothing the background. The image looks very slightly blue to me, but that maybe my device or my tired eyes.

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10 hours ago, tomato said:

Great result for only a third DSO image!👍

More integration will improve the colour and detail as well as smoothing the background. The image looks very slightly blue to me, but that maybe my device or my tired eyes.

Cheers,

I'd thought the same on the blue, I'll have a go at trying to remove some of it and see where I get.

Still fumbling about learning photoshop

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Congrats on a nice image, and only your 3rd dso,

10 times better than when i started out,

As tomato said a slight blue tinge, stars look good, and overall 

processing looks good, as Ouroboros said you should be able to squeeze 

a bit more data out of the image, mainly by selective stretching of M31 maybe,

but in saying that, its better to under stretched than over,,, 

its finding that happy medium that's the hardest.

Nicely done, and looking forward to your next target.

Paul

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19 minutes ago, Ouroboros said:

 I feel there’s a lot more available in that data to bring out. 

I'll have to have a go at that then, see if i cant get the disk and dust lanes to stand out a bit better.

 

Thanks all for the encouraging words

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