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NGC1499 California Nebula - playing with colours


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2 hours ago, mightymonoped said:

Reprocessed this 3 hour HOO capture as a false SHO. No real SII to speak of so I just duplicated the OIII extract. Merged RGB in Photoshop, stripped stars in starnet++ and processed starless image in PS using Camera Raw Filter and Selective Colour to bring out the colours (other than green 🙂). Merged with a reduced star layer and did a general cleanup. Quite like the portrait framing as it brings out the 'flame' aspects I think?

Great colour and detail.

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So several things that stand out for me

the portrait framing really makes the image more interesting than landscape and I agree it looks more like Olympic torch flame than an American state

the colour you have achieved is great a really good mix imho

But finally I noticed you captured it all from a star adventurer mount - that is just amazing - I have one and never really got it set up well on any field trip so to get it polar aligned on target tuned in and take 3hrs of subs that is seriously impressive

 

Bryan

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59 minutes ago, Astrobdlbug said:

So several things that stand out for me

the portrait framing really makes the image more interesting than landscape and I agree it looks more like Olympic torch flame than an American state

the colour you have achieved is great a really good mix imho

But finally I noticed you captured it all from a star adventurer mount - that is just amazing - I have one and never really got it set up well on any field trip so to get it polar aligned on target tuned in and take 3hrs of subs that is seriously impressive

 

Bryan


Thanks Bryan! 
 

It took a little while to get the hang of things with the Star Adventurer but it is a very capable little tracker. The two things that make it all a lot easier are the William Optics Wedge and the ZWO ASIair Pro.
 

The wedge is in a different league in terms of rigidity and ease of adjustment and this marries well with the ASIair’s great use of Polar Alignment, guiding and Plate Solving. 

 

The ASIair has been a bit of a game-changer for me, simplifying the hardware needs and enabling easier polar alignment and manual alignment using the plate solving. 
 

When I finally get my 80ED back out and mounted on something more substantial (sold the NEQ6 when I moved into the flat), I’m looking forward to using all of it’s capabilities. 
 

The SA has been my saviour during lockdown though, allowing me to capture and learn even from the limited view of my balcony. 

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