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Contains:  NGC 6946, NGC 6939, The star ηCep
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Fireworks Nebula, 





    
        

            Scott Sloka
Fireworks Nebula

Fireworks Nebula

Technical card

Imaging telescope or lens:Takahashi FSQ-106EDXIII

Imaging camera:Apogee Aspen CG16M

Mount:SkyWatcher EQ6

Guiding camera:qhy5v

Filter:LRGB

Resolution: 3752x3800

Dates:Aug. 2, 2019

Integration: 0.0 hours

Avg. Moon age: 1.60 days

Avg. Moon phase: 2.86%

Astrometry.net job: 2894227

RA center: 20h 44' 47"

DEC center: +60° 39' 10"

Pixel scale: 3.496 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 271.674 degrees

Field radius: 2.592

Data source: Backyard

Description

This is a single frame of what will hopefully be a 4 frame mosaic of this region. The incredible number of stars in this image obscure the underlying structures, but I find both revisions fascinating for the capacity to display the vastness and complexity of our universe. Any comments/critiques would be well appreciated.

Lum: 24x10min
RGB: 12x5min each
7hrs total

Data were acquired at my parent's cottage in a (grey Bortle 2) in cottage country, Ontario.
The final images are more of an experiment in presenting the low-level dusty parts of the universe. I wrote an algorithm in Python to eliminate the smaller stars, trying to minimize distortion as much as possible. I am still tweaking the algorithm, but may upload it to GitHub once I am happier with it. Any comments on the star reduction would be much appreciated as well.
I hacked the algorithm to protect both the fireworks galaxy and the globular cluster. It was hard to find a satisfactory way to present them without creating funny artifacts.

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jssloka
Scott Sloka
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Revisions

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    Original
  • Final
    Fireworks Nebula, 





    
        

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    B

B

This image is star eliminated with my own python star elimination algorithm and then the stars are slightly reduced with Pixinsight to reduce how bright they appear with 10min subs. I hacked the algorithm to protect both the fireworks galaxy and the globular cluster. It was hard to find a satisfactory way to present them without creating funny artifacts.

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Fireworks Nebula, 





    
        

            Scott Sloka