Veil Nebula East and West

On August 18, 2012, in Astronomy, by admin

Veil Nebula West, NGC 6960 08/17/2012
2 luminance@50s, 1 red@40s, 1 green@40s, and 1 blue@40s, binned 3×3

Veil Nebula East NGC 6992 08/17/2012
2 luminance@50s, 1 red@40s, 1 green@40s, and 1 blue@40s, binned 3×3

Veil Nebula East NGC 6992 08/17/2012
2 luminance@50s, 1 red@40s, 1 green@40s, and 1 blue@40s, binned 3×3

Telescope: 0.5 meter (20″) PlaneWave CDK20 @ f/6.8
Camera: ProLine PL09000
Processing: Maxim DL and Photoshop

 

Helix Planetary Nebula NGC 7293

On August 18, 2012, in Astronomy, by admin

This image of the Helix Planetary Nebula NGC 7293 is from 5 sets of FITS files (each set consists of 2 luminance@50s, 1 red@40s, 1 green@40s, and 1 blue@40s, binned 3×3) taken 08/18/2012 from the T1 telescope in the Canary Islands from slooh.com.

Telescope: 0.5 meter (20″) PlaneWave CDK20 @ f/6.8
Camera: ProLine PL09000
Processing: Maxim DL and Photoshop

 

My Latest M16

On July 19, 2012, in Astronomy, by admin

I have been working on M16 using the new FITS file feature of slooh.com.  For this image I have used two FITS image sets including 4 luminace images at 50s, 2 red at 40s, 2 green at 40s, and 2 blue at 40s.

 

This image was created by processing the FITS files using DeepSkyStacker to “stack” (i.e. line up and combine) the individual images and PhotoShop to combine the images into an RGB image and do post processing.  The post processing mostly consisted of applying multiple curves followed by levels.

Compare the above image manually processed using two sets of FITS data to the default image slooh.com produces off one set of FITS files:

You can easily see how much detail is revealed by adding only one extra exposure and manually tweaking the images.  Slooh generates some great images with minimal effort.  If you are inclined to put in a little more effort, their FITS image option allows you to create some really great images.

 

Messier 100 Project Started

On July 19, 2012, in Astronomy, by admin

I just started working on my Messier 100 image collection.  I am using the remote online observatory at slooh.com.  You can can check out what I have so far at Messier 100.

 

 

 

 

New Site Up

On July 19, 2012, in Uncategorized, by admin

I’ve finally gotten around to setting up my new site.  It’s still a work in progress.