NGC 7380 in Cepheus


Scope: C8 f/2.8; Location: Dos Picos Park, Ramona, CA;  9 Sept. 2004; Camera: ToUcam SC3

Exposure: 12 x 32 sec and 15 x 10 sec Luminance exposures with Baader IR Block Filter, 6  x 240 sec H-Alpha exposure; 12 x 24 sec RGB 

Processing: Images were captured in K3CCDTools. Aligned/stacked in Registax and saved as FITS. Luminance and Color channels were scaled and rough color balanced in Astroart. Channels were co-registered in Astroart. The Nebulosity was extracted from HA and then combined with the 32 sec IR  for Luminance in Photoshop - The 10 sec IR was not used. Luminance and Color FITS were combined in Photoshop with Luminance Layering. Color balancing and final touches in Photoshop. SGBNR (PixInsight LE) was used to smooth background noise on  Luminance channel as well as the final result. Image was resized to 800 x 600.

This image was taken with moderate light pollution conditions. This is a guided image. Color channels were not false colored with the H-Alpha exposure so the color is natural except for increase in saturation and some color balance. North is up.  Horizontal FOV is about 30'


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