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IC1396 - RGB SHO - Elephant's Trunk Nebula in Cepheus, 



    
        

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IC1396 - RGB SHO - Elephant's Trunk Nebula in Cepheus

Imaging telescopes or lenses: TS Optics APO130f6

Imaging cameras: ZWO ASI1600MM-Cool

Mounts: Ioptron CEM 120 EC2

Guiding telescopes or lenses: TS Optics APO130f6

Guiding cameras: Starlight Express Lodestar X2 Autoguider

Focal reducers: TS-Optics TSFlat 2

Software: Sequence Generator Pro  ·  PixInsight  ·  PHD Guiding 2.5.0

Filters: ZWO new B  ·  ZWO new G  ·  ZWO new R  ·  AstroDon 5nm Ha filter  ·  AstroDon 5nm SII filter  ·  AstroDon 5nm OIII filter

Accessory: ZWO EFW 31mm 8 positions  ·  Starlight Xpress AO Unit  ·  QHYCCD PoleMaster  ·  Innovations Foresight ONAG  ·  USB_Focus V3 Usb Focus  ·  USB Stepper Motor Heavy Load


Dates:Aug. 14, 2018

Frames:
AstroDon 5nm Ha filter: 9x600" (gain: 139.00) -18C bin 1x1
AstroDon 5nm OIII filter: 8x600" (gain: 139.00) -18C bin 1x1
AstroDon 5nm SII filter: 8x600" (gain: 139.00) -18C bin 1x1
ZWO new B: 10x120" (gain: 139.00) -18C bin 1x1
ZWO new G: 10x120" (gain: 139.00) -18C bin 1x1
ZWO new R: 10x120" (gain: 139.00) -18C bin 1x1

Integration: 5.2 hours

Darks: ~10

Flats: ~10

Flat darks: ~20

Avg. Moon age: 3.51 days

Avg. Moon phase: 13.30%

Mean SQM: 21.20

Mean FWHM: 2.50


Basic astrometry details

Astrometry.net job: 2393230


Resolution: 4656x3520

Locations: Duc, Prayssas, Lot et Garonne, France

Data source: Backyard

Description

Multi star guided.

The version D is a quick test with only SHO channels.
It is interesting to note that after tricolor combination R=SII, G=Ha & B=OIII, I did an SCNR to remove green neutral, which had the effect of giving a good color for stars (no magenta).
This image show how small are the stars as compared to the RGB (slightly below 2 arcsec of FWHM).

Version F : RGB image : the Colo saturation was selectively applied to the stars using a NL light mask

The processing was done in PI as follow (version original):
For each R ,G ,V, Ha, OIII & SII channels :
- Flat Field Dark Substraction
- Flat Field Integration
- Images Calibration (Dark Substraction for RGBSHO and FF correction only for RGB (no need for SHO ...))
- Cosmetic Correction
- Image Registration
- Image Integration
- Noise Reduction (Demure) with 0.9 as variance

Using each integrated channel :
- Created RGB color image using channel combination
- Color balance on stars using a star mask
- Created RGBSHO image using NBLRGB combination tool
- Nonlinear Image Creation using NBRGB values
- Color balance on all image
- Perform SCNR (neutral 70%)
- Color saturation with boost in blue
- Color saturation with mask on star only
Final image adjustments performed in Iphoto on Imac (levels adjustments and deflip)

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Description: With 50% mix of an HDRMultiscale image

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Description: Pure SHO quickly done

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Description: Ha channel

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Description: RGB image

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Description: Improved (I think) processing in 2019

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