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Old 03-10-2019, 02:43 PM
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Tarantula Twist - New Improved, with added S2!

Finally done imaging NGC 2070 - the three narrowband filters used with this colour palette add a spooky look to this giant space spiders lair!

Full narrowband image of The Tarantula Nebula, a giant star forming region within nearby satellite galaxy the Large Magellanic Cloud. (About 180 thousand light-years away!)

Within the Tarantula (NGC 2070), intense radiation, stellar winds and supernova shocks from the central young cluster of massive stars, cataloged as R136, energise the nebular glow and shape the spidery filaments.

I'm almost happy with the rig now post mods - mount seems to be tracking pretty well - just need to get an autofocus routine going on the Newt to sharpen up the stars a tad.

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Imaging telescope: Skywatcher carbon fibre 10"F4 Newtonian
Imaging camera:QSI WSG8
Mount:Takahashi NJP Temma-2

Exposure: 16.8 hours
Location: Light Polluted Suburban Melbourne, Australia

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Old 03-10-2019, 04:41 PM
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Gee whiz that's just all class. Love it.

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The third channel made all the difference IMO - a great image Andy
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Look forward to checking it out on a proper monitor at home
Still looks good on a big monitor, fire and brimstone

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Old 03-10-2019, 07:35 PM
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As I mentioned elsewhere there are few words that politely cover the initial response to this image. Stunning in the extreme.
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Old 04-10-2019, 06:16 AM
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Gee whiz that's just all class. Love it.
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The third channel made all the difference IMO - a great image Andy
Cheers Suavi - I think you're right. The S2 was a relatively weak signal though compared the the others - needed almost 7 hrs @f4

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Out at my observatory and only on my phone but it looks good, with the hot maelstrom look we expect Its such a dynamic region huh? Look forward to checking it out on a proper monitor at home

1am here and just looking at the Tarantula through my 12" Dob while I image and it is a great sight through a scope....looks sliiiiightly different to your image of course

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Thanks Mikey, yes viewing it through a decent 'scope never gets old - I hope it doesn't disappoint when you get a chance to properly this image lol

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As I mentioned elsewhere there are few words that politely cover the initial response to this image. Stunning in the extreme.
G'wan, tell us what you really think... something about fire trucks maybe? Cheers Ben
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Old 05-10-2019, 07:22 AM
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Thanks Mikey, yes viewing it through a decent 'scope never gets old - I hope it doesn't disappoint when you get a chance to properly this image lol
Ooops I accidentally edited my original post above instead of replying to it ...but I said, it still looks good on a big monitor, fire and brimstone

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Awesome work Andy. Has a real 3D look to it now.

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Ooops I accidentally edited my original post above instead of replying to it ...but I said, it still looks good on a big monitor, fire and brimstone

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Lol - Cheers Mike

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Awesome work Andy. Has a real 3D look to it now.

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Thanks Pete , Wonder what it would look like in 3D modelling? Guess we'll never know...
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It’s come up really well Andy, interesting colour palette but I like it, always been fond of the “fire” like colours. Space is so violent it needs a colour palette that reflects that
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It’s come up really well Andy, interesting colour palette but I like it, always been fond of the “fire” like colours. Space is so violent it needs a colour palette that reflects that
Cheers Col!
With everything going on in there it would be a frightening place to visit!
Thanks for the nice positive vibes
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This is a great image, Andy!
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An utterly brilliant image of the Tarantula, Andy!

A question: How did you not get diffraction spikes on the stars, given that it's a Newtonian scope?? Or can these be eliminated in image processing software?

Congrats on another stunning image.

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Stunning image Andy, and I love the colour balance
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Beautiful shot. Great image scale with some very cool colours.
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This is a great image, Andy!
Cheers Bart!

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An utterly brilliant image of the Tarantula, Andy!

A question: How did you not get diffraction spikes on the stars, given that it's a Newtonian scope?? Or can these be eliminated in image processing software?

Congrats on another stunning image.

Cheers,
Richard
Thanks Richard!
Because of skyglow, I'm using relatively short subs (and not many of them) for RGB stars from light pollutionville - It's likely that the spikes are there but minimised by the short exposures.

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Stunning image Andy, and I love the colour balance
Thanks Dave - appreciate the nice feedback!

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Beautiful shot. Great image scale with some very cool colours.
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