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The Core of the Rosette
The Core of the Rosette

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Challenge: Free Study 2009-02 (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6
Location: Bedford, NH
Date: Feb 16, 2009
Aperture: 5
ISO: 800
Shutter: b
Galleries: Nature, Astrophotography
Date Uploaded: Feb 19, 2009

Here's my first attempt at a different type of astrophotography with my new scope called "False color imaging". In this technique, you use filtration to isolate the individual gasses that make up a nebula and assign those three filtered images to R, G and B. The mapping I used is Hydrogen alpha to Green, doubly ionized oxygen to blue and ionized sulfur to red. The Hubble telescope also uses this palette, thus it's referred to as "the Hubble Palette". I don't have high hopes for this image since it's such a different way of looking at deep space, but it does allow the viewer to distinguish parts of the nebula that otherwise are virtually identical (hydrogen alpha and ionized sulfur are both deep red). Here's a photograph I took of the rosette last year:
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and here's a wide field shot of the nebula taken by pascal:
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This shot is a composite of 10 seperate exposures, 4x20min sulfur filtered, 3x10min hydrogen alpha and 3x15min oxygen filtered.

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08/01/2010 04:19:55 PM
Wonderful! Amazing!
03/09/2009 04:01:56 PM
I could simply say congratulations for this image, but it wouldn't be enough. It seems almost unbelievable to achieve such a detailed narrowband image using a DSLR instead of a dedicated astronomical monochrome CCD.
I am curious on how you have placed the Ha, OIII and SII filters as there is only one filter wheel that can be attached to a DSLR (as far as I know) with only 2 positions. The other way is to take the specific set of frames replacing each filter, but then you may loose a significant amount of the original frame's FOV, besause of the difference in orientation.
Finally, I think that astronomical images like this belong to a different class and can not compare directly to any other kind of image here on DPC. So, keep up the good work John!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/07/2009 09:34:51 PM
Good capture here. Color is nice and makes me feel I should see it in some type of space book.
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03/07/2009 05:57:55 PM
Incredible work! 10
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03/06/2009 05:16:47 PM
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03/06/2009 11:42:42 AM
I love how the colors look so good together.
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03/04/2009 11:14:31 AM
great shot, great colours
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03/02/2009 11:52:15 PM
Nice find, and nebula remnants of a nova, its amazing how those stars suck up the nebula after the death of a star, its just the ultimate eco system.
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03/01/2009 11:51:10 PM
Nice Shot
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03/01/2009 09:05:02 PM
I have always loved these astrophotos. I wonder if DPC will ever put 'Hubble' in the list of cameras?
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