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Old 03-12-2019, 08:36 AM
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A planetary, a galaxy and distant clusters

This image is a little off the beaten track. It is off NGC246 and NGC255. 246 is a planetary nebula commonly known as the skull nebula. On it's own it is a little dull but when you include in the field NGC255 which is a face on galaxy, it all looks a bit more interesting. Then there are the myriad of galaxies in the back ground. I particularly like the lenticular galaxy at the left bottom of the field.

The image contains 39.5 hours of integration. Taken with the RC12 and STXL.Ha 540 minutes:OIII 570 minutes:Luminance 705 minutes:red 205 minutes:green 155 minutes:blue 200 minutes.

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Old 03-12-2019, 11:03 AM
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An interesting pairing Paul - gee they must be dim if it takes 40 odd hrs to render these - well done!
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Old 03-12-2019, 01:56 PM
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Beautiful. We know from experience the skull PN takes a lot of exposure to see much. You've gone further and produced a very sharp image.
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Old 03-12-2019, 02:17 PM
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Yeah although quite lovely, I guess you're right, it is a slightly boring object on its own but nice work getting that background galaxy in, reminiscent of the M57 and IC 1296 field, adds a bit of extra interest...Andy will like it too, that you didn't bung the skull in the middle of the frame

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Old 03-12-2019, 03:23 PM
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Very cool fov. The galaxy in the field adds to the shot. Quite like that planetary as well. It's got an interesting structure. Couldn't see the clusters though. Still saw a few faint fuzzies at the bottom left.
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Old 03-12-2019, 07:18 PM
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Top shelf, Paul, that's really classy!

I'm getting picky here, but the image feels a bit top heavy, though if you'd composed it with the main attractions further down you'd have lost that little lenticular...
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Old 03-12-2019, 08:18 PM
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A top shelf image there Paul.

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Old 03-12-2019, 09:05 PM
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Brilliant image Paul! I’ve attempted the Skull once and has a pretty awful result but what you’ve achieved is top notch. Its rendering is up there with the best I’ve seen from an amateur, 40 odd hours certainly helps though.
Balancing it a bit with the barred spiral is good too, along with its long distant galaxy cluster in the background
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Old 03-12-2019, 11:44 PM
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lovely capture Paul, pleasing colour and framing.

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Old 04-12-2019, 12:46 PM
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Very nice, Paul, appears uncomplicated, easy to look at, and defines the distance variations of the field well.
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Old 05-12-2019, 08:27 PM
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Thanks everyone for the comments. Much appreciated.
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