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Iris Nebula - NGC7023


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After seeing Gordon's stunning widefield I'm feeling a bit put off posting this, especially as I had attempted a similar widefield with my ZS66 earlier in the week only to get a very disappointing result. It doesn't seem to be an ideal target for the 1000D, those dust clouds just won't come out how I hoped they might.

Still I swapped to the 250mm reflector and had another go, hoping to get a decent image of the nebula itself at least, this is 42x10 minutes from the canon 1000D processed in Pixinsight.



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It is a good image - you have to judge these things depending on the equipment use. If you want a useful comment I'd say that maybe it is a touch too blue, especially in the stars, maybe more red (but don't turn it purple!!). Also the black looks a bit clipped.

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I think Tom's on the button but the image is bright and sharp.

As for the dust, you just need a fast f ratio and long well guided subs. Aperture is not important. If you don't have a fast f ratio, good tracking and a lot of time, the dust will elude you. C'est la vie!


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