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Sunday, June 13, 2010

Start of a new imaging project, the Helix nebula

The Helix nebula, NGC 7293. Planetary nebula in constellation Aquarius about 700 light years from the Earth..
(The helix has been often referred to as the "Eye of Good", 
I'll like to know, which one it's supposed  to belong... least we know now He/She has very large Blue eye(s).)

This is a start for an imaging project, since the Helix has lowish surface brightness, it'll need a long integration time. Now there is just One hour used for the Luminance channel and 10 min./each RGB-channel.
I think, about Five to ten hours is needed to reveal dimmer outer parts of this Planetary nebula.
Later we'll shoot all the narrow band channels, H-a, O-III and S-II, too. 

The telescope and technical information:

16" RCOS ja Apogee U9000 camera. 
LRGB combo.
Luminance 6x600s., Dark and Flat calibrated.
Red 1x600s, Dark calibrated 
Green 1x600s, Dark calibrated 
Blue 1x600s, Dark calibrated 
Raw data is shared with Petri Kehusmaa and J-P Metsavainio

Processing workflow:
Image acquisition, MaxiDL
Stacked and calibrated in CCDStack.
Deconvolution with a CCDSharp, 30 iterations
Levels, curves and color combine in PS CS3.

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