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A dusty Rosette

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A first for me. The unthinkable from a Bortle 6 location. Imaging without a light pollution filter... 18 months ago this would have been impossible from my old address with 3 bright orange sodium lights permanently peeping over the garden wall. As luck would have it, no streetlights invading the garden here and a good view south.

Imaged over 2 nights the other week when we had the cold snap. Spent a few hours on main Orion area (yet to process) before moving up to the Rosette for a few hours. 

115 x 180s subs (5 hours 45 min)

Redcat 51 and ASI2600MC

Looking at it zoomed out you would be forgiven for thinking there is some weird gradient going on but I think it is dust. Lots of it!



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That’s lovely and there is a ton of dust in that area. I just finished the same target but with the RedCat 71 and the mono version of the 2600; when it came to colour calibration in PixInsight I needed a bit of background that wasn’t dusty… I struggled!

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