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Heart and Soul Nebula


Posted by Scott Fairbairn on Fri Nov 12, 2021 8:49 am

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Taken a few nights ago with a Hutech modded Canon 60D, light pollution filter, ISO 1600, shutter speed 15 sec, on a Sigma 105mm F1.4 at 1.4(boy, do I like that speed for Astro!). Skywatcher Star Adventurer for tracking.
549 lights, 50 bias, 50 flats and 50 darks were used.  Stacked in a trial version of Astropixel processor, the stars were removed for clarity of the nebula using Starnet in Pixinsight, Capture One and Topaz Denoise AI.
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by E.J. Peiker on Fri Nov 12, 2021 8:55 am
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Super cool shot.  Yes, speed is everything for astro especially if the lenses are designed to be sharp wide open (most older lenses aren't but newer ones tend to be pretty good and fantastic 2/3 to 1 stop down from max aperture).

Would love to see a comparison with the stars not removed.
 

by Scott Fairbairn on Fri Nov 12, 2021 12:24 pm
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E.J. Peiker wrote:
Super cool shot.  Yes, speed is everything for astro especially if the lenses are designed to be sharp wide open (most older lenses aren't but newer ones tend to be pretty good and fantastic 2/3 to 1 stop down from max aperture).

Would love to see a comparison with the stars not removed.


Here's the star version. The influence of heavy nebulosity makes it tough to get good star colours. 
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by david fletcher on Fri Nov 12, 2021 1:43 pm
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Always a great pleasure to see your images Scott! Super shot!
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by Carol Clarke on Fri Nov 12, 2021 2:52 pm
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Amazing, as always - and such a difference once the stars are removed to give a clear view of the nebula, Scott!

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by Cynthia Crawford on Fri Nov 12, 2021 7:24 pm
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Fascinating, as always. I like seeing this with the stars too, to get a sense of what's really there. But the clarity of just the nebula is striking. This one looks so much like, as it is named, the interior of a human being...or perhaps an alien!
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by Mary Brun on Sat Nov 13, 2021 4:26 am
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They are extraordinary images, I have not the slightest idea of the equipment needed to capture such beauty.
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by Alan Melle on Sun Nov 14, 2021 11:17 am
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The version with the stars viewed large is mind boggling! Makes me want to rush out and start buying the equipment necessary for astro photography.
Great work!
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by John Labrenz on Tue Nov 16, 2021 12:02 am
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simply amazing!
neat to see the star filled version for comparison...but I much prefer the original
 

by Dan Kearl on Tue Nov 16, 2021 2:42 pm
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Very Nice!! I like the starless version a lot. That is a lot of subs to stack!!
Astropixel is an excellent stacking software,
 

by Scott Fairbairn on Tue Nov 16, 2021 3:43 pm
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Dan Kearl wrote:
Very Nice!! I like the starless version a lot. That is a lot of subs to stack!!
Astropixel is an excellent stacking software,



It took around 12 hours to stack I think. lol
 

by Peter Ireland on Wed Nov 17, 2021 7:11 am
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A fascinating capture of this beautiful Nebula.It's amazing what you can capture if you put your mind to it.
 

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