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First M42


Luke
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My first attempt at M42. Many thanks to MartinB for the imaging tutorials here! The multiple curve and level adjustments brought out more detail than I thought I had.

Canon 450D, 80mm refractor.

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Many thanks for the comments and suggestions.

I tried pushing the curves a bit more to try and get some more detail. I got more aggressive with the levels, especially not being scared to chop off part of the main curve.

I was struggling with noise in the subtle areas, which was frustrating as there is more detail in there but I can't seem to really bring it out because it is so noisy. :)

So I think maybe I needed more light frames and perhaps one or two separate exposures with the core blown out for the fainter details?

I've tried a slightly lighter background.

Many thanks!

Luke

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I was struggling with noise in the subtle areas, which was frustrating as there is more detail in there but I can't seem to really bring it out because it is so noisy. :)

This is *always* the case. More subs means less noise and you can stretch further, but there is always a limit to how far you can go before the faint noise is too much for the faint signal.

It's a nice M42 though (particularly the 2nd process), you've captured much more detail than I did with my first go.

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