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Contains:  NGC 1999
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NGC 1999 and Friends

Technical card

Resolution: 2282x3253

Frames:
Astrodon 5nm H-alpha: 87x1200"
Astrodon Blue Tru-Balance E-series: 24x360"
Astrodon Green Tru-Balance E-series: 23x260"
Astrodon Luminance Tru-Balance E-series: 100x120"
Astrodon Luminance Tru-Balance E-series: 73x600"
Astrodon Red Tru-Balance E-series: 25x360"

Integration: 51.1 hours

Astrometry.net job: 1291945

RA center: 5h 36' 25"

DEC center: -6° 42' 21"

Pixel scale: 0.744 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 178.442 degrees

Field radius: 0.411

Description

Well, this field was just awesome!! It is the last of the collaboration images from Okie Tex with my dad, Craig Smith and a lot more data added on from home in Florida. I had no idea how much stuff was going on here and it is hard to believe this region isn't imaged more frequently. Harbig Haro objects, tiny planetary nebulae, dark dust and globules, bipolar star jets digging holes in clouds, thick pillows of Ha throughout, and even a fine and faint dusting of blue reflection nebula smattering almost the entire image. Just stuff everywhere and so much fun to process. The image is centered around my previous image, the KeyHole, but the main intrigue for me in this frame was the waterfall just above it. It turns out, there was so much more to see. The Ha and Lum in this were very cool and very different and it kind of presented a battle for which one to weigh more heavily in the final image and lum layer. I think I struck a good balance, but that's always open for interpretation. Another interesting note in processing this was that I kept feeling like it was just a little softer than it should be. A little research and digging into the data shows that nearly the entire field is obstructed with that faint blue reflection dust. It gives it a bit of a softer appearance, but also a very cool and mysterious feel. As with several of my images of late, I've been going after some targets that feel somewhat like very wide and dusty fields and it is hard to remember that these are still pretty small fields in the grand scheme of things. This fov would barely fit M106 in it :) As always, thanks for looking and I look forward to any C&C's as there are so many ways that this image could go.

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