Cederblad 214 Close Up
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Scope: Megrez 80 mm at f/6.9, Location: Laguna Mountains, CA 4 September, 2010, Camera: Artemis285
Exposure: 13 x 8 minutes H-Alpha (1x1), 8 x 3 minute RGB Exposures (2x2).
Processing: Images were captured with Artemis Capture (as FITs). Aligned/stacked and dark subtracted in Astroart with Sigma Combine. H-Alpha and Color channels were scaled and color balanced in Astroart. Channels were co-registered in Astroart. Luminance construction consisted of the H-Alpha exposure. Curves and Levels applied in Photoshop to the Luminance construction to optimize object features. A light background noise reduction was applied to the Luminance construction . H-Alpha was blended with the red channel 80/20. Final LRGB combine was done in Photoshop using Luminance Layering. Color balance was applied to Red mid range values. A light sharpening was applied to the final image. Final Image size is approximately 1400x1166.
North is up in this image. This is a hydrogen emission complex more commonly known as Cederblad 214 but it is also catalogued by Sharpless in his catalog as Sh2-171. This field is a close up of the central region showing "pillars" structure. A wider field of this object can be seen in the here . The Vertical FOV is 48'.
Image center is located approximately - Equatorial 2000: RA: 00h 03m 12s Dec: +67°14'17"
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