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Contains:  NGC 2359
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Thor's Helmet Bi-color/SHO hybrid

Technical card

Imaging telescope or lens:Planewave CDK14

Imaging camera:SBIG STX 16803

Mount:Paramount ME II

Guiding telescope or lens:Planewave CDK14

Guiding camera:SBIG STX 16803

Software:Adobe Photoship CCCCDWare CCDStack 2CCDWare CCDAutoPilot 5

Resolution: 2567x2095

Dates:Dec. 12, 2017

Frames: 82x1200"

Integration: 27.3 hours

Avg. Moon age: 24.26 days

Avg. Moon phase: 28.29% job: 1861122

RA center: 109.636 degrees

DEC center: -13.230 degrees

Pixel scale: 0.729 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 57.047 degrees

Field radius: 0.335 degrees

Locations: Sierra Remote Observatory, Auberry, California, United States

Data source: Own remote observatory

Remote source: Sierra Remote Observatories


Thor's Helmet shines strongest in the OIII channel which allows for some non-conventional processing. I was thinking bi-color and shot 20 OIII and 45 Ha, but then added 17 SII later to see if it would help. The SII was too weak to stand on it's own so I added the Ha and SII together 3:1. I used the Ha+SII for Red, Ha+OIII for Green, and just OIII for Blue. So it's sort of an SII enhanced Bi-color.

Subs were all 20 minutes for a total time of about 27 hours.

Processing was in CCDStack and Photoshop. Sharpened with Unsharpmask and noise reduction in Topaz de-noise.



Kevin Morefield
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Thor's Helmet Bi-color/SHO hybrid, 


            Kevin Morefield