IC63 in Cassiopeia



Scope: C8 203mm  at f/4.6,  Location: Laguna Mountains, CA  15 September,  2007,   Camera: Artemis285

Exposure: 10 x 8 min H-Alpha (1x1), 8 x 1.5 min RGB Exposures (2x2). 

Processing: Images were captured  with Artemis Capture (as FITs).  Aligned/stacked and dark subtracted in Astroart with Sigma Combine. Central gradient removal was performed in Astroart.   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.  Final LRGB combine was done in Photoshop using Luminance Layering (or LLRGB) in LAB Color Space. A color adjustment was made to correct the color at low RGB signal levels.   Selective sharpening was applied to nebula features in Photoshop with a layer mask.  Final Image size is approximately 1044x1392

 North is up in this image. IC 63 is an emission / reflection nebula in the constellation of  The Horizontal FOV is 34'.

Image center is located approximately - Equatorial 2000: RA: 00h 59m 55s Dec: +6057'43"


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