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  • Horse Head Nebula (IC 434) and M42

    Posted: January 23rd, 2009

    Bigger size: 1509x935

    Last week of December 2008, first week of Jnuary 2009

    Exposure time:
    Ha: 8x30'
    L: 10x15' + 15x1' + 20x12"
    RGB: 8x5' 2x2 each, plus a few shorter exposures
    Total: 8.8 hours
    Focal: 385mm, f/3.6

    Imaging scope: Takahashi FSQ 106 EDX with 0.7 reducer
    Camera: STL11000
    Guiding camera: StarShoot AutoGuider
    Guiding scope: Orion ShortTube 80mm
    Mount: Takahashi EM-400

    Home for some Ha, Henry Coe and Coyote Lake for the rest and all LRGB
    Seeing: Ok
    Transparency: Regular

    Stacking: DeepSkyStacker
    Processing: PixInsight & Photoshop

    This is my first "official" image taken with the focal reducer on the FSQ. A few months after I took it, it won the 2009 Astrophotography Contest from Astronomy Magazine in the Deep Sky Category.



    alice-amanda kay (Contact, Page), February 13th, 2009, 9:10
    What a beautiful image you've taken. It is stunning

    Milan Gucic (Contact, Page), June 5th, 2009, 6:44
    Why did they send Hubble when there is one down there :)
    I saw a lot of amazing photos but this is the most far superior. Bravo!!!

    Ann Sidbrant (Contact, Page), October 1st, 2009, 11:40
    Fantastic amount of nebulosity. Hypnotic eerie colors. And hey, I spotted the Easter Bunny at bottom center - watch those ears!

    Marc Diethelm (Contact, Page), February 13th, 2012, 2:36
    Your images of Orion are absolutely stunning! Unfortunately the JPEG compression you used almost turns the stars into squares. Any chance of getting a higher quality version?

    RBA (Contact, Page), February 13th, 2012, 3:29
    Thanks for all the nice comments!

    Marc, I do have higer-res versions of some images. I usually save those for printing purposes or other projects. In the case of this image however, the highest res version you see is the highest res version there is (other than being in uncompressed form). Unfortunately, back in the "old" days I wasn't so careful about preserving high-res versions of my images, and most of them ended up reduced in size during post-processing, and so the final version was also reduced in size. I no longer do that, but there's not much I can do about older images.

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