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Elephant Trunk Closeup (modified SHO), 


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Elephant Trunk Closeup (modified SHO)

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Elephant Trunk Closeup (modified SHO), 


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Elephant Trunk Closeup (modified SHO)

Imaging Telescopes Or Lenses
Planewave CDK14
Imaging Cameras
FLI PL16803
Astro-Physics 1600GTO
Astrodon H (Ha) · O
Innovations Foresight ONAG
Open PHD Guiding project PHD2 · Pleiades Astrophoto PixInsight · Starkeeper.IT Voyager
Guiding Telescopes Or Lenses
Planewave CDK14
Guiding Cameras

Acquisition details

Oct. 1, 2021
101x900" (25h 15')
25h 15'
Avg. Moon age:
24.39 days
Avg. Moon phase:

RA center: 21h34m51s.566

DEC center: +57°3256.68

Pixel scale: 0.727 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 88.867 degrees

Field radius: 0.531 degrees

WCS transformation: thin plate spline

More info:Open 

Resolution: 3712x3724

Data source: Own remote observatory

Remote source: Sierra Remote Observatories


This image marks a bit of a first for me. I've been really concentrating on staying within PixInsight  for my processing, not because I have anything against Photoshop but because I wanted to really learn PI and immersion seemed the best way to do that. However, @Eric Coles (coles44) really encouraged me to rethink that and was kind enough to show me his workflow. After having done it I see why he is so fond of it. It's pretty simple and effective. I can't wait to try it out on another image. And, while I can see how one could replicate this in PI, it is easier to do in PS and more interactive. 

So here's the basic workflow:

H, O and S masters:dynamic cropdeconvolutionMLT noise reductionhistogram transformation(at this point clone the H image)starnettgv denoise

export the 3 starless and one H with stars as 16-bit tiff.

put the starless images in the color channels (s->r, h->g, o->b) in the base layeruse a level  adjustment layer to balance the levels so the histogram peaks line upuse four selective color layers to do Bob Franke's color adjustmentsadd a vibrance adjustment layeradd in three copies of the starless h and run highness filters on them at 2, 4 and 8 pixels using overlay. I adjusted the layer opacity to taste so it didn't feel oversharpenedadd in the h with stars as a luminosity layer

Overall I was pleased with how this came out. Even though starnet tends to leave blobs all over images from this telescope that didn't hurt the final image (and if it had on the bigger blobs, the PS context aware fill could have fixed those). This is probably also the first time I've done that blue/orange modification to the Hubble Palette that is so popular. Although I enjoy it in other people's images I wasn't drawn to doing it on mine until this image. For this one I knew it was where I was headed from the start. Not sure why but it called to me.