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Old 07-10-2020, 05:34 PM
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Tarantula Twist

It's spider season & I've been cooking up this beast for a while.
But with the dire weather all this week, I decided instead to blend my new Ha & O3 data with some S2 data that I captured from 2016 - an interesting experiment that seems to have worked out ok

A Southern beauty, this nebula dominates the Large Magellenic Cloud. Were it closer to earth it would leave shadows! The Tarantula Nebula is a giant star forming region about 180 thousand light-years away and more than a thousand light-years in diameter.

The largest, most violent star forming region known in the whole Local Group of galaxies, the cosmic arachnid sprawls across this spectacular view composed with narrowband data centred on emission from ionized hydrogen and oxygen atoms. Within the Tarantula (NGC 2070), intense radiation, stellar winds and supernova shocks from the central young cluster of massive stars, cataloged as R136, energize the nebular glow and shape the spidery filaments.

Around the Tarantula are other star forming regions with young star clusters, filaments, and blown-out bubble-shaped clouds. But were the Tarantula Nebula closer, say 1,500 light-years distant like the local star forming Orion Nebula, it would take up half the sky. (Apod)

Taken from lockdown central, Melbourne , Australia. Oct 2020

Processed in APP & PS CC 2020 with a touch of Eric Coles Histogram balancing technique.

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Old 07-10-2020, 05:49 PM
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That's a stunning image Andy.
One to be proud of.

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Old 07-10-2020, 06:02 PM
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I rather like the framing of this one. Less so the palette, but that's purely a subjective opinion. The stars within the nebula core also look a little subdued, but I guess that goes with the pastel look.

Quibbles aside, it's refreshing view of a perennial favourite. Nice.
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Old 07-10-2020, 06:09 PM
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Looks great. Beaute details and nice resolution on all the little clusters.
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Very nice indeed Andy....a veritable tempest huh?

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Like your image of the Lagoon, this one is dazzling, Andy. Well done.

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Fine work again Andy, framing is great an colour palette work very well
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This one is fantastic Andy, sharp, great colours.
Congratulations on the top pick. 😎
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Old 08-10-2020, 08:35 AM
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That's a stunning image Andy.
One to be proud of.

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Thanks Greg, combining an old S2 data set from my SV70t/QSI 8300 was a risk that worked out better than I hoped

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I rather like the framing of this one. Less so the palette, but that's purely a subjective opinion. The stars within the nebula core also look a little subdued, but I guess that goes with the pastel look.

Quibbles aside, it's refreshing view of a perennial favourite. Nice.
Cheers Peter, I had the camera orientated to frame the Lagoon, and when that fell below 30 degrees I switched targets to NGC 2070 (without moving the camera as I didn't want to create a second set of flats!)
Fortunately, the orientation appeared to suit both objects.

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Looks great. Beaute details and nice resolution on all the little clusters.
Merci Beaucoup Marc, Salut!

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Very nice indeed Andy....a veritable tempest huh?

Mike
Thanks Mike - plenty going on there, hard to know whether to go ultra wide or super long on this region. One could dedicate a lifetime to the imaging the many objects in the LMC

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Like your image of the Lagoon, this one is dazzling, Andy. Well done.

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Cheers Richard, appreciate the positive feedback!

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Fine work again Andy, framing is great an colour palette work very well
Thanks Rodney, it's always a challenge to try a fresh interpretation of a classic, delighted that you enjoyed the result!
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Old 08-10-2020, 08:37 AM
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This one is fantastic Andy, sharp, great colours.
Congratulations on the top pick. 😎
Cheers George, thanks for your good vibes - how's life in Darwin?
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I have imaged this spider a lot, and this version is the best i have seen by far, love the colors and the framing, it is a result i for sure would love to print and frame..... only a perfect image is worth looking every day on my studio..... art and science in the perfect mix..... awesome work andy... always inspiring me....
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Hi Andy,

"Taken from lockdown central, Melbourne , Australia. Oct 2020"

Your work is inspirational for me as another Melbournite. I look forward to doing work that is a mere shadow of what you create in perhaps 1000 years (at the rate I'm learning!).
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Really nice Andy, I can see the underlying SHO palette there but then it deviates
I'm waiting for it to get a bit higher in the sky before attacking it again. I'd really like to get a larger mono sensor before then too! The IMX183 is great to work with but it is mighty small.
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I have imaged this spider a lot, and this version is the best i have seen by far, love the colors and the framing, it is a result i for sure would love to print and frame..... only a perfect image is worth looking every day on my studio..... art and science in the perfect mix..... awesome work andy... always inspiring me....
Wow, thanks Diego, that's high praise indeed! cheers

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Hi Andy,

"Taken from lockdown central, Melbourne , Australia. Oct 2020"

Your work is inspirational for me as another Melbournite. I look forward to doing work that is a mere shadow of what you create in perhaps 1000 years (at the rate I'm learning!).
Cheers Peter
Lol, thanks Pete - we all stared somewhere & this journey has taken me eight years so far.

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Really nice Andy, I can see the underlying SHO palette there but then it deviates
I'm waiting for it to get a bit higher in the sky before attacking it again. I'd really like to get a larger mono sensor before then too! The IMX183 is great to work with but it is mighty small.
Cheers Col! Eric's method allows a bit more flexibility to display more individual colours within the available spectrum of emissions.

Just be mindful though, that large sensors are terribly unforgiving of any tilt in the system!
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Old 12-10-2020, 05:50 PM
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Been wanting to say what Greg and Diego said, but we're waiting to get our breath back.

Magnificent.
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A very pretty and compelling image Andy! Nicely done.
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The lovely colours really make for a fresh take on the region. Well done Andy

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It's definitely one of the best I've seen Andy.
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Been wanting to say what Greg and Diego said, but we're waiting to get our breath back.

Magnificent.
Very kind M&T, hard to add something new to such a well loved and regularly imaged region - but I think the technique has helped here

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A very pretty and compelling image Andy! Nicely done.
Woohoo! I got one past Marcus, cheers! That's like getting a good score from Red Symons.
Seriously though, I have high respect your opinions so that means a lot, thanks

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Cheers JA, I recommend trying out Eric's technique on bright nebs, doesn't always work but can definitely make nice eye candy with the right target.
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Woohoo! I got one past Marcus, cheers! That's like getting a good score from Red Symons.
Seriously though, I have high respect your opinions so that means a lot, thanks
Good one! I don't mean to come across as a Red Symons but I figure some people (not all) are open to suggestions that could improve their images (like me). My critiques are usually minor and are meant as encouragement to make an already good image even better.

Hmmm ... You've just given me a great idea!!! I'll start posting score cards in my replies to posted images! A score of 1 means your image sucks eggs and a 10 means I worship the ground your scope sits on. Wouldn't that make me popular!!
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