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IC 342 Enhanced


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I uploaded an image of IC 342 a few weeks back, and wasn't entirely happy with it. The top image is the original, the enhanced version underneath. With the reworked version, I removed stars from both the Lum and RGB images using Starnet++, saving the starmask from the RGB data. The better use of masks managed to tease out a bit more detail in the galaxy with the use of curves. When I was happy with the Lum and RGB data, I combined them using LRGBCombination. A little final tweaking with curves, and I integrated the StarMask from Starnet++ using a simple formula in PixelMath. All processing done in Pixinsight.

 

Original IC 342

 

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Reworked Version

 

 

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Yes Brian, I have to agree with Peter, its a bloody difficult galaxy to capture clearly because it is so close to the MW, but I think you have done an excellent job in the first image, the galaxy in the second image is lovely, you just need to knock the background back.

 

I always think of the hidden Galaxy as if you were looking through net curtains.

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56 minutes ago, peter shah said:

I really like your first rendition.... The rework looks like the black point is slightly clipped losing the outer arms. Star colour is good in both images. I hope this doesn't offend as that is not my intention. It might be a simple case your monitor is calibrated differently to mine.

Just checked, the black isn't clipped. I didn't stretch it enough. I just stretched it slightly, and the arms came back.

 

I don't mind constructive criticism at all. It's the only way to learn.😀

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13 minutes ago, Jkulin said:

Yes Brian, I have to agree with Peter, its a bloody difficult galaxy to capture clearly because it is so close to the MW, but I think you have done an excellent job in the first image, the galaxy in the second image is lovely, you just need to knock the background back.

 

I always think of the hidden Galaxy as if you were looking through net curtains.

You are both right. I was a little conservative with my stretching. The black wasn't clipped, I was trying to stop the core from blowing out. Anyway after a quick tweak. I think I brought the arms back a little.

 

 

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Just now, AstronomyUkraine said:

You are both right. I was a little conservative with my stretching. The black wasn't clipped, I was trying to stop the core from blowing out. Anyway after a quick tweak. I think I brought the arms back a little.

 

 

RGB.jpg

Star colours are lovely Brian, and as I said the images I have seen of this don't come close to your excellent capture.

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