IC 342 in Camelopardalis


Scope: C8 f/2.8; Location: Blair Valley, Anza Borrego Desert, CA;  12  Nov. 2004; Camera: ToUcam SC3

Exposure: 16 x 90 sec and 16 x 30 sec Luminance exposures with IR Block Filter; 15 x 45 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.  Star sizes were reduced somewhat by combining (with mask) the shorter 30 sec exposure with that  of the 90 sec Luminance exposure. 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 the luminance channel and the final result. Resized to approximately 800x600.

This image was a guided image. North is up in this image. This object is mostly obscured by Milky Way dust. If not for this obscuring dust this object would approach the brightness of the Andromeda and Triangulum galaxies. As such it is not an object popularly imaged. Horizontal FOV is about 30'


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