Astrophotography – deep sky

M16 this summer.

This is the image I shared in tonight’s meeting, M16 the Eagle Nebula and cluster in Ha, with the ‘Pillars of Creation’ in the middle. Nearly 3 hours (34 5-minute exposures).

M16 Ha
M16 Ha

I also grabbed a luminance layer for the globular cluster M14 to use with my RGB data, and this Luminance only image of M11 to add to my ‘Messier Collection’.

This is classifies as an open cluster despite being quite compact, to me it looks more like a small but raggedy globular!

 

M11 The Wild Duck Cluster
M11 The Wild Duck Cluster

Re-processing my M42 and M43 image from 17/1/2020 using Affinity Photo 6/6/2020

Ed Mann and I took part in an online Affinity Photo workshop last week. In addition, there is an excellent astrophography workflow video by Affinity for the programme on Youtube, as per below:

I used th above workflow to re-process my M42/M43 image from 17/1/2020 on 6/6/2020.

Here are the results!

What do you think?

Andy

M13 30/5/2020 – Changing colours

I am happier with this version – here I have used PixInsight to combine just RGB channels (no luminence – thanks Damian for the tip!) and then background neutralisation. A little bit of post-processing in Photoshop CS6 to improve curves and then in Affinity Photo to sharpen image (using the Astrophotography macro for sharpening x2 iterations), and voila!

A good sign is the colour of NGC 6207 which looks lot more natural to me.

Andy