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NGC 6772 (Planetary Nebula)

Image Details:

Camera: SBIG ST-2000XM
Mount: Takahashi NJP
Scope: Takahashi Mewlon 180
Configuration: Prime Focus
Additional Optics: n/a (Prime)
Filter: Astrodon LRGB I-Series Filters
Effective Focal Length: 2160mm
Effective Focal Ratio: f/12
Exposure: L: 6 × 16min (1×1); RGB: 6 × 4min (3×3)
Total Exposure: 2hrs, 48min
Date: 9/13/2007 9:04 PM PDT (Start)
Location: Saratoga, CA, USA
Acquisition: CCDSoft
Focus: CCDSoft
Dithering: Manual
Guiding: Self Guided

Processing:

  • IRIS: Dark subtraction, registration, gradient removal
  • JimP: Flat field, Kappa-Sigma Stacking, White balance, LRGB combine, ASINH stretching
  • Neat Image: Noise Reduction
  • Photoshop: cropping, JPG conversion

Image Description:

This is NGC 6772, a planetary nebula n the constellation of Aquila. Maybe this one should be called “The Ugly Planetary” — or maybe it just needs more exposure or less binning. <grin> This is an LRGB composite, with the Luminance binned 1×1 and the color data binned 3×3. I probably won't bother to bin the color data in the future. North is up.

 
IC 1284 (Emission + Reflection Nebula)
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IC 1284 (Emission + Reflection Nebula)

Image Details:

Camera: Canon Digital Rebel (300D)
Mount: Celestron AS-GT
Scope: Celestron C8-N (8" f/5 Newtonian)
Configuration: Prime Focus
Additional Optics: Celestron/Baader Multi Purpose Coma Corrector (MPCC)
Filter: None
Effective Focal Length: 1000mm
Effective Focal Ratio: f/5
Exposure: 24 x 4min @ ISO 800
Total Exposure: 1hrs, 36min
Date: 7/28/2005 11:01:46 PM PDT (start)
Location: Saratoga, CA, USA
Acquisition: DSLRfocus
Focus: DSLRFocus
Dithering: Manual
Guiding: GuideDog via Philips ToUcam Pro II (840k) through Orion ST80 w/ Celestron 2x "Kit" Barlow

Processing:

  • IRIS: Dark subtraction, registration
  • JimP: Flat field, Kappa-Sigma Stacking, White balance, ASINH stretching
  • Photoshop: Levels, cropping, JPG conversion
  • Neat Image: Noise reduction

Image Description:

This is IC 1284, an Emission plus Reflection nebula in the constellation of Sagittarius. A modified camera would have done a better job of bringing out the red, Hα portion of the Emission nebula, but at the potential cost of masking the blue Reflection portion, at least in IC 1284. The other two Reflection Nebulae in the lower right are NGC 6589 and NGC 6590, respectively. Several Dark Nebulae (foreground dust which obscures our view of anything behind it) can be seen snaking their way through various portions of the image as well. This is the full frame, shrunk for display on the web. North is up.