73517RE: [ccd-newastro] Helix Nebula
- Oct 29, 2013
Beautiful image. Hard to believe this is only 7 hours of data. I would try to boost the star color if you can. I think it would enhance the image a bit. The color and detail in the nebula are fantastic.
Now that it's Fall, this seemed like too good a target to pass up, even though there are lots of excellent versions posted on the net. This was shot on a piecemeal basis from 8/3 to 10/6/2013 as I dodged around poor observing conditions in Southern California. It was shot with a 12.5" PlaneWave CDK and a QSI-640ws camera working at f/5.3. I used 10 minute subs with LRGB integration times of 230:80:60:60 min for a total time of 7.2 hours. Processing was done in CCDStack and Photoshop. If you click on the link a couple of times, you'll get a full-resolution rendition:
Comments and suggestions for improvement are always welcome.
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