M44 Beehive in Cancer


Scope: ST80 f/2.5; Location: Del Mar CA; 11 Apr. 2004; Camera: ToUcam SC3

Exposure: 20 x 4 sec Luminance with IR Block and 16 x 15 sec with IR Block and Orion Skyglo Filters; 15 x 6 sec RGB - 2 frame mosaic

Processing: All exposures captured and in K3CCDTools. Alignment and stacking was done with Registax and saved as FITs. Each exposure set after stacking was co-registered in Astroart. Artificial flat fielding of each channel was done in Astroart as well as final scaling and rough color balance. Final LRGB combine was done in Photoshop using Luminance Layering (or LLRGB). Color balance and mosaic joining was done in Photoshop.

This image was unguided.  Horizontal FOV is about 80'.


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