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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

The "Butterfly Nebula" reprocessed




Since my processing technique gets better and weather doesn't give any support, I have reprocessed some older images. There is now star colors added and other processing is tweaked too.



Butterfly Nebula
In constellation Cygnus




Image is in HST-palette, (HST=Hubble Space Telescope)
from the emission of ionized elements, R=Sulfur, G=Hydrogen and B=Oxygen.
Star colors are mixed from the NB channels, Red=H-a, G=O-III and B= 85%O-III + 15%H-a.

This image was one of my first targets imaged with narrowband filters.
It was a part of "Cygnus Trio" mosaic image, published by NASA as an APOD 
(Astronomy Picture Of the DAY)
http://astroanarchy.blogspot.com/2008/11/apod.html






Natural color composition from the emission of ionized elements, R=80%Hydrogen+20%Sulfur, G=100%Oxygen and B=85%Oxygen+15%Hydrogen to compensate otherwise missing H-beta emission. This composition is very close to a visual spectrum. 
Star colors are mixed from the NB channels, Red=H-a, G=O-III and B= 85%O-III + 15%H-a.

Original versions from September 2008, with technical details:

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