Imaging telescope or lens: Explore Scientific PN-208/812 Carbon Fiber OTA
Imaging camera: ZWO ASI 1600MM Cool
Mount: SkyWatcher AZ-EQ5
Guiding telescope or lens: Solomark F50 50mm guidescope
Guiding camera: ToupTek ToupCam GCMOS01200KPB
Accessory: Explore Scientific HR Coma Corrector
ZWO H-alpha 7nm: 151x300" (gain: 225.00) bin 2x2
ZWO H-alpha 7nm: 116x400" (gain: 225.00) bin 2x2
ZWO H-alpha 7nm: 34x600" (gain: 225.00) bin 2x2
ZWO OIII: 152x400" (gain: 225.00) bin 2x2
ZWO OIII: 76x600" (gain: 225.00) bin 2x2
Integration: 60.7 hours
Avg. Moon age: 12.78 days
Avg. Moon phase: 31.86%
Astrometry.net job: 1804751
RA center: 94.880 degrees
DEC center: 55.609 degrees
Pixel scale: 0.913 arcsec/pixel
Orientation: 83.714 degrees
Field radius: 0.595 degrees
I've had this target on my list since I first found out about it in February and it's been at the top of my list ever since. I knew it was faint, so HFG1/Abell6 served as a kind of practice run for this. But I was not prepared. This was excruciatingly difficult. Ha was only barely visible on 400 second subframes and OIII was only visible in stacks. Even now, I still don't think I got enough OIII signal, but I think the only way to improve on that would be darker skies or 3 nm filters, neither of which I have at the moment. Part of me wants to say "never again". The other part of me is thinking 'maybe if I had a really sensitive CCD, a Tak Epsilon, Hyperstar or RASA and a second mount...' (so I guess that does mean 'never again?'). This image marks the first time I've done anything with PixInisght, however, it was only noise reduction. It's still terribly noisy, though, but man is PixInsight difficult! At any rate, I guess this means I'm in the process of learning how to use PI now, so expect more revisions, especially since it's a lot noisier than I was hoping it would turn out. However, I'm still not sure I can extract anything else out of this. The OIII in particular was ridiculously weak.
Special thanks to Horst Ziegler, Frank Iwaszkiewicz and Bob Andrews who all gave me some invaluable pointers on this as well as J-P Metsavainio for sharing his tone mapping process, which made this possible. It never would have been published without it - tone mapping enabled me to really overstretch the OIII.
Additional contrast enhancement, levels adjustment and noise reduction. Still not as clean as I'd like, but it's the best I can do at this stage. This will probably get a very thorough revision once I figure out PixInsight (like sometime in 2019???).
Someone mentioned that the background was "blotchy," so I looked to see if one of my previous revisions had a less blotchy background and used that instead. This had the added effect of reducing star sizes and halos.
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