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Monday, October 11, 2010

Horse Head Nebula, an annoying preview

Horse Head Nebula, Barnad 33 and IC 434, is a dark nebula in constellation Orion. Image is taken from "down under". In Australia this nebula has a higher elevation, than here at 65N. 

Why annoying?

This image is a composition of 3 x 1200s H-alpha light. With this modest exposure time, image is far better, than I have managed ever taken up here with a longer integration time, that's annoying!

A false color H-alpha

We will shoot more data for this object in near future. LRGB and more H-a, maybe some O-III and S-II to see, if there is any.

The telescope and technical information:

16" RCOS ja Apogee U9000 camera. 
LRGB combo.
H-alpha 3x1200s, Dark, Flat and bias calibrated.
Raw data is shared with "Team Finland"

Processing workflow:
Image acquisition, MaxiDL
Stacked and calibrated in CCDStack.
Deconvolution with a CCDSharp, 30 iterations added 50% to non convoluted data
Levels, curves and color combine in PS CS3.

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