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Wednesday, October 7, 2020

The Tulip nebula area in cygnus, Sh2-101, in natural colors


In my previous blog post this image can be seen in mapped colors,

Photo is taken with my temporary imaging system, at the moment I'm out of the actual telescope : (
Mor info about this tool set can be seen here,

The tulip Nebula area 
Please, click for a large image, it's worth it!¨

Image is in Natural color palette from the emission of ionized elements, R=Hydrogen + Sulphur, G=Oxygen and B=Oxygen + 10% Hydrogen to compensate the missing H-beta emission

An experimental starless view
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I have shot the actual Tulip Nebula with a large 11" telescope, images and info about the Tulip nebula can be seen HERE. An other interesting detail, a blue crescent like shape at center left. It's a Wolf Rayet shell around a star WR 134. I have shot this also with a large telescope, more info and images can be found HERE  

A closeup photo of the Wolf Rayet Shell around the star WR 134

This feature can be found from the new wide field photo at center left.

Nebula in light of an ionized hydrogen alone (H-alpha)
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Nine twenty minute 5 nm H-alpha exposures are calibrated with bias corrected flats and stacked to this cumulative three hour exposure. 

Technical details

Processing workflow

Image acquisition, MaxiDL v5.07.
Stacked and calibrated in CCDStack2.
Deconvolution with a CCDStack2 Positive Constraint, 33 iterations, added at 50% weight
Color combine in PS CS3
Levels and curves in PS CS3.

Imaging optics
Tokina AT-x f2.8 camera lens

10-micron 1000

Cameras and filters
Imaging camera Apogee Alta U16 and Apogee seven slot filter wheel
Guider camera, Lodestar x 2 and an old spotting scope of Meade LX200

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

Total exposure time

H-alpha, 9 x 1200 s, binned 1x1 = 3 h
O-III, from my older photo of the area
S-II, from my older photo of the area
Older photo can be seen here,

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