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An elephant in the finale


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I am usually aiming at something rarely, or in best case never, imaged, which gives me a thrill (and sometimes a dissapointment). However, this was the last night of the season since astrodarkness is just about to disappear up here, and most nebulae are now behind my northern obsy wall. So I played it safe and aimed at something bright and striking, IC1396, and therefore often imaged.

Fortunately my dual-RASA rig doubles the length of the night. However, processing it was interesting since I found it hard to find any thrustworthy reference image to glean at. This seems to be the nebula where everyone goes ad libitum and over the top when it comes to colours, whatever filters used.

Well, here is my version of it. Ha and Oiii, with the quite broad bandwidths of the lovely IDAS NBZ filter.

Facts: RASA8 with ASI2600MC (gain 100) and IDAS NBZ filter. Mesu 200 mount. 86 x 5 min, so about 7 hours. Processed in PI and PS (including a Star Xterminator step).

Comments of course welcome!

Cheers, Göran

 

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Nicely framed and a with a colour pallet not often seen, but as you say there are elephant’s trunks out there all the colours of the rainbow, and then some.

Imaging off the beaten track certainly has it’s challenges and rewards but I think it’s nice to come back to the mainstream items once in a while.

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Well that has come out a lot different to anything I get on a OSC and I think this is the best image I have seen of it, or at least the one that appeals to me the most. Cracking shot!!

Alan.

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1 minute ago, tomato said:

Nicely framed and a with a colour pallet not often seen, but as you say there are elephant’s trunks out there all the colours of the rainbow, and then some.

Imaging off the beaten track certainly has it’s challenges and rewards but I think it’s nice to come back to the mainstream items once in a while.

Thanks a lot Steve! I have to admit that I actually had a go at the Rosette a few moths ago😄

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5 minutes ago, alan potts said:

Well that has come out a lot different to anything I get on a OSC and I think this is the best image I have seen of it, or at least the one that appeals to me the most. Cracking shot!!

Alan.

Thanks Alan for the very kind words!

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