ART Orion Nebula

EWhytsell

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I decided to stay up late enough for this object to get to a point where I could start shooting it last night. This one is easy to shoot as far as brightness, but very hard to process without blowing out the bright core.
I hope to shoot this target all winter and maybe in a few months I'll get a really nice one.

I got lost in looking at it or I was gonna do a wide field shot with my 28-135 lens. The moon was also very near Orion so I didn't get all the faint detail that can show up.

M42web101908.jpg
 
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EWhytsell

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Yeah telescope for that one. At 1300mm focal length. I'll do some with a lens as soon as the moon moves. To much light pollution from it at the moment.
 
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EWhytsell

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Winter is the best time of year for imaging. The air is less humid which dampens light pollution and the camera gets very cold which helps increase its sensitivity and decrease heat noise. Only draw back is more clouds and standing out there operating the equipment is brutally cold. Anytime I need to warm up I just put an eyepiece in and take a look at that nebula. On a clear cold night it actually looks just like that picture except that its grey/green.

Also nearly all the famous targets are seen in the winter months so I'll be posting a lot more of them through March with any luck.
 
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EWhytsell

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Yeah I got pretty dark skies considering I'm in central ohio. The exposure was a composite of 30 45 second exposures to create a 22 minute frame. Very bright moon about 15 degrees away so when it moves I'll get a much better image.
 

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very cool man. looks great.

i spent the summer in eastern nevada 4 hours from any major city. it was the best night skies i had ever experienced. no telescope though :hs:
 
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EWhytsell

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Here it is with a pretty aggressive sharpening applied. The is one object that responds well to sharpening.

M42webHSHARP.jpg
 
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EWhytsell

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Original is better.

Agreed, that was just a quick example of some hidden details in that particular nebula and wasn't a processed image (only stacking was done). To do sharpening properly on it you need to do a layer and use it to preform a sorta manual unsharp mask.
 

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