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First DSO (M42 re-edited)


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Hi folks,

A few days ago I posted my first ever DSO capture, the M42. I was chuffed to bit's to see what detail and colour I could pull out of the image using my very limited knowledge on photo editing. Although I know the next stage for me is getting as much data as poss and to master stacking with darks etc, I knew I could do more with my single 30 sec shot, so after a mate installed photoshop CS2 on my pc and gave me a quick tutorial I decided to have ago. The main challenge was to try and get rid of the awful purple halo's caused by my F5 ST102.

I have attached the new edited pic. Its still the same single 30sec ISO3200 shot taken through my ST102 prime focus using an unmodded canon 500D, all mounted on an EQ3-2 with motor drive. polar aligned via polar scope!

My first attemp using GIMP is here.

http://stargazerslounge.com/imaging-deep-sky/133135-first-astro-pic-stan.html

Editing is still very new to me. I use the front cover picture of the book "making every photon count" to try and gauge what M42 should look like. I'm really happy with the results considering.

Stan.

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M42 net 2nd attemp..tif

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The front cover of my "Making every photon count" is quite faded now, but I reckon I could print yours out, recover it and no-one would know the difference! Amazing result for one single 30s frame at ISO 3200 :(.

(Sort of makes me question why I actually needed to buy a guidecam, ED doublet and modded DSLR... and only use my ST102 as a guidescope :o:))

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Thankyou all for you kind words!

For anyone who is interested, Starting with the halo's, I tried various methods to get rid of them inc a "purple fringe" pluggin I downloaded for GIMP, but all returned poor results. So In the end I used a rather more crude method in photoshop, the clone tool. I used this tool to blend out the purple halo's one by one. It took a while, but its effective.

After some tweaks in curves/levels/balance I saved the pic and then created a very saturated/red bias version. I saved this as my saturated base version and then loaded the original (pre saturated) version as a 2nd layer in PS. I aligned the two layers with the saturated vesion on the bottom and then created a layer mask. Using the brush tool I then blended the M42's outer regions of the top layer with the bottom saturated layer to start to bring through the red gas. I done a simular thing with the running man. After this I done a final tweak in curves/levels and flattened the layers. And thats it!

Thanks

Stan.

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