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Monday, September 20, 2010

NGC 7000 closeup, HST-palette preview

NGC 7000 in HST-palette from the emission of ionized elements, R=Sulfur, G=Hydrogen and B=Oxygen.

This is kind of preview image, since HST-palette colors are borrowed from an older, wide field image of North America nebula. I'll shoot new, high resolution, color channels for O-III and S-II, when ever weather up here allows me to do so. 
Technical details for the older image, from 2008, can be found here:
(This is actually my first ever narrow band color image!)

Colors are taken from this image of North America and Pelican nebulae.

More "Monitor friendly" orientation.

Technical details for closeup:

processing work flow:
Image acquisition, MaxiDL v5.07.
Stacked and calibrated in CCDStack.
Deconvolution with a CCDSharp, 30 iterations.
Levels, curves and color combine in PS CS3.

Telescope, Meade LX200 GPS 12" @ f5
Camera, QHY9 Guiding, SXV-AO @ 6Hz
Image Scale, 0,75 arcseconds/pixel
Exposures H-alpha 15x1200s, binned 1x1=5h
O-III 1x1200s binned 3x3

Technical details for wide field image:

Tokina AT-X 300mm f2.8 manual focus lens.
This is a very modest example of three colur narrowband image. But I place it here, since it's my first one. At 11.09. I mainly shoot H-alpha, but before clouds rolled in I managed to capture 4 x 900s O-III and only single shot of S-II, 900s. I will shoot more O-III and S-III when ever weather allows me to do so. In this image the "Hubble paletete" is used where S-II = Red, H-alpha = Green and O-III = Blue

This image is taken by using QHY8 cooled 6.1mb color camera. Its not an ideal tool for narrowband imaging.
Each color channel is shooted trough separate filter, this means, that only 1/4 pixels are used for H-alpha and S-II. O-III goes mainly to the Green and Blue pixels of the Bayer matrix array, so about 3/4 of the pixels are used in this case. How ever, very high quality narrowband images has been taken by using color cameras.

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