NGC281 in Cassiopeia


Scope: C8  f/3.3 Location: Del Mar, CA   11/18/2003  Camera: ToUcam SC3

Exposure: 8 x 20  sec and 9 x 60 sec Luminance Exposure with IR  Block filter and SkyGlo LP filter .  15 x 10 sec RGB Exposures

Processing: Captured  and stacked in K3CCDTools  with L,R,G,B saved as FITs. Luminance was the IR / SkGlo filter exposures. LRGB masters were co- registered  in Astroart. Some Lowpass filtering was applied followed by un-sharp mask on the Luminance frame. Luminance exposures combine was done in Photoshop. LRGB combine was done in Photoshop using Luminance Layering . Ears were removed with Loreal; background was smoothed in SGBNR as saved as TIF. The result TIF had minor touch up in Photoshop.

This image was taken in my front yard in Del Mar there is a fair amount of light pollution here. As a reflection Nebula in light polluted conditions, I found NGC281 a challenging object.  Horizontal FOV is 23'



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