M104 RGB 5-11-2012 Color adjusted

M104 RGB, Sbig ST8300M,AT 102ED @ prime focus,MaxIm DL, PS7 No Flats Darks or Bias applied. RGB 60s x 10ea 1800s total

Clear skies,
Keith

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Very nice! It's neat how the

Very nice! It's neat how the galactic bulge peeks out from under the dust lane. Color ballance can be tricky, particularly for me since I'm red-green color blind. (I can see red and green, it's just hard to tell which is which sometimes.) I found the background-adjust function in Nebulosity to be very helpful. Another trick is to take RGB images of the moon when it is high in the sky. The moon is for the most part gray so it makes a great neutral density target illuminated by sunlight. From this you can develop correction factors for each filter, though in the end Nebulosity made my life a lot simpler.

Neat stuff.

-John

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If 50 years of amateur astronomy and space exploration has taught me anything it is that the Earth is a very special place. It would be nice to protect it like it’s the only Earth we’re ever going to have.

Keith Very nice image, what

Keith Very nice image, what was you exposure time?

A very good Job!
You may need to tweak the color balance a little, other than that its a very nice image DUDE!

best Regards,
John Chumack
www.galacticimages.com

Keith Very nice image, good

Keith Very nice image,

good Job!
You may need to tweak the color balance a little, other than that its a very nice image DUDE!

best Regards,
John Chumack
www.galacticimages.com

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