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Thursday, November 24, 2016

Filaments of the Veil Nebula in natural colors

This is a new version of the Filaments of Veil photo. It shows the nebula complex in visual spectrum. Most strong emission line is hydrogen alpha, H-a, it can be seen as a red color. Blue hues are from an ionized oxygen, O-III.

My latest image is a composition of  exposures from several nights, months and years. Couple of weeks ago, when we had some clear night last time, I took couple of shots from Veil Nebula. This time my purpose was to show some rarely imaged details and structures in this complex ball of expanding gas, leftovers from a massive explosion, the supernova.
I combined this new material to my older images of the area. Total exposure time for this five panel mosaic is around 37 h.

Filaments of the Veil in natural colors
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Image is in Natural color palette from the emission of ionized elements, 
R=Hydrogen + Sulfur, G=Oxygen and B=Oxygen + Hydrogen.

Technical details

Processing work flow

Image acquisition, MaxiDL v5.07.
Stacked and calibrated in CCDStack2.
Deconvolution with a CCDStack2 Positive Constraint, 21 iterations, added at 25% weight
Color combine in PS CS3
Levels and curves in PS CS3.

Imaging optics
Celestron Edge HD 1100 @ f7 with 0,7 focal reducer for Edge HD 1100 telescope

10-micron 1000

Cameras and filters
Imaging camera Apogee Alta U16 and Apogee seven slot filter wheel
Guider camera, Lodestar x2 and SXV-AOL

Astrodon filter, 5nm H-alpha
Astrodon filter, 3nm O-III
Astrodon filter, 3nm S-II

Exposure times

New material from this Autumn season, total exposure time 15 h

H-alpha, 15 x 1200s = 5h
O-III, 15 x 1200s binned = 5h
S-II, 15 x 1200s binned = 5h

Older material used for this mosaic image

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