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Jewels in Orion's Sword
Jewels in Orion's Sword

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Challenge: Free Study 2011-12 (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-1000D Rebel XS
Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM II
Location: Kariani, Greece
Date: Dec 28, 2011
Aperture: f2.8
ISO: 800, 1600
Shutter: 820 sec (total)
Galleries: Sky, Astrophotography
Date Uploaded: Dec 30, 2011

It's been quite a long time since my last deep-sky image submission. So before I forget the basics of astrophotography I gave the first try with my great new lens and The result is promising for sure!
I wish I could use more than 10 exposures for the final image. Anyway, details of acquiring and processing the frames follows:

Mount : AstroTrac TT320X
- Camera : Canon 1000Da (modified for astrophotography)
- Focal Length : 200mm
- Exposures : a) 3 x 90 sec at f2.8 and ISO 800
b) 6 x 90 sec at f2.8 and ISO 1600
c) 1 x 10 sec at f2.8 and ISO 800
- FOV : 91.42%

- Alignment, calibration, stacking with DeepSkyStacker
- Further processing with PixInsight LE, PS CS3 and Neat Image.
- Specifically in Photoshop:
Selective color (4 or 5 times)
Color balance
Noise Reduction
Blending modes (to reveal the details of M42 core with the individual exposure of 10 sec)
Clone out quite lot of hot pixels that were previously enhanced due to processing.

Place: 21 out of 246
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Votes: 141
Comments: 13
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02/20/2012 01:30:30 PM
What a fantastic wide field view not only of the M42 but the Horsehead nebula too, very rich in details and color. Being around astrophotographers in the past, I can relate to the enormous amount of effort that went into making this. Congrats on such a beautiful deep sky image!
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01/08/2012 01:28:21 AM
Congrats on your finish Paschalis. It's been a while since I've seen something from you. You're a master at this type of work. One of my few 10's. How on Earth do you notice the hot pixels!?
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01/08/2012 12:14:36 AM
Pretty frigging amazing!!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/07/2012 10:09:13 PM
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01/07/2012 04:44:44 PM
Stunning glimpse from our minute dot. Fabulous technical work. ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/31_N.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/31_N.gif', '/') + 1) . ' dunzel ?
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01/07/2012 11:52:29 AM
Cool, I love these kind of shots
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01/06/2012 07:05:06 PM
Technically perfect to my eyes. Beautiful work. Winter's a wonderful time for stargazing (or more than just gazing, in your case).
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01/05/2012 05:20:31 PM
Wow! Do you have the Hubble listed as one of your cameras? ;-)

I hope you tell us how you achieved this as it really amazing. Well done!
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01/02/2012 11:02:12 AM
Wow, that's pretty impressive.
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01/02/2012 07:05:25 AM
nicely captured well done
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01/01/2012 09:56:39 PM
Very cool shot - love the clarity
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01/01/2012 08:48:49 PM
Nicely done. So much color in the sky.
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01/01/2012 01:46:24 AM
An amazing image love the colors nothing beats astronomer view of the unknown ..great stuff
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