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The Witch's Head Nebula, 


            Chris Levitan
The Witch's Head Nebula

The Witch's Head Nebula

Technical card

Resolution: 510x1000

Dates:Dec. 8, 2017

Frames: 25x600"

Integration: 4.2 hours

Avg. Moon age: 20.24 days

Avg. Moon phase: 69.73% job: 1855572

RA center: 5h 4' 53"

DEC center: -7° 16' 8"

Pixel scale: 14.733 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 165.615 degrees

Field radius: 2.297


The season of the Witch finally arrived last night. This one has completely eluded me and now I know why and have sooo much respect for the ones that have captured it so well.... It almost takes Witchcraft itself to capture and process..;-) Very very challenging and rewarding in the end.

This one was with the Tandem rig again autoguided. A late 70's Nikkor 180mm f2.8 ED lens on the modded T5i. 25-600 second lights @ ISO 800. 25 darks 25 flats and 25 dark flats. Stack stacked and initially edited in DSS using median method and mosaic final output into a Tiff. Lastly a super fine edit in Adobe camera RAW that I should write a book on. Wow that was tough.

Here's the final results of the elusive Witchy woman herself for you. Let me know if it's Magic to your eyes or not.



Chris Levitan
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The Witch's Head Nebula, 


            Chris Levitan