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Pipe Nebula Widefield, 


            Gabriel R. Santos...

Pipe Nebula Widefield

Technical card

Resolution: 1800x1200

Dates:July 3, 2016

Frames: 10x240" ISO800

Integration: 0.7 hours

Darks: ~10

Flats: ~20

Bias: ~31

Avg. Moon age: 28.47 days

Avg. Moon phase: 1.26%

Mean SQM: 21.40

Mean FWHM: 4.80

Temperature: 7.00 job: 1192212

Locations: Sítio, Cristina, MG, Brazil


Lying near our Galaxy's centre, in Ophiucus, the Pipe nebula is a fascinating sight, a.k.a. Barnard 59, 65–67, and 78. One of the finest dark nebula/regions of the sky. It is visible to the naked eye under dark skies (easily from where I shoot), gracefully filling a small binoculars FOV (7x50). On long exposures, such as this one, more details and nebulisity wisps can be seen. Also note the Snake Nebula (B72) around the area, a beautiful dark snake striking in this field.

I had great surprises while going through this data as the single original subs looked pretty good. My consequent high expectations were fulfilled during processing, and the image, although would benefit from longer (2h+) integration time, with the nebulosity more clearly seen and separated form the distant background stars, I am quite happy with the results.

Processing as usual> File renaming and handling using LR, Calibrated/tacked in DSS, Post-processed in PS CC, with the aid of Nik Collection's Color Efex and Dfine and HLVG plugins. Final touches and exporting back in LR CC.

*Please check the full image (1800px - resized from original 5000px)*

Constructive criticism, comments and suggestions are more than welcome in the comments section. Thank's for taking your time to look at this image.

Taken from Rural Skies (Bortle 3-4; NELM ~6.2; SQM ~21.4*calculated), from Cristina, MG, Brazil (22ºS latitude).

Date and Time: July 3rd, 2016, at 21:30 (9:30pm)
Camera: Unmodded Canon T5/1200D, at ISO 800
Lens: Nikon Nikkor 105mm f/2.8 AI Version, operated at f/4.0
Exposure Detail: 10x240s, or 10x4min, total 40 minutes



Gabriel R. Santos...
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    Pipe Nebula Widefield, 


            Gabriel R. Santos...


Pipe Nebula Widefield, 


            Gabriel R. Santos...