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Old 26-04-2021, 09:49 PM
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The Dragons

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Decided to try this one the other night. Another new target for me. This takes my imaging tally up to 5 images now, woohoo

Camera:ASI2600MC
Scope: SkyWatcher EvoStar 80ED + Orion FF
Filters: L-Extreme
Mount:EQ6-R Pro
Guiding camera: ASI290MM
Guiding scope: SkyWatcher EvoGuide 50ED
Subs: 16 x 480 and 9 x 500 (my fault... bad maths)
Total Integration: 3hrs 23mins (I want more time)
Gain: 100
Offset: 50
Lights: 25
Darks: 0 (I will reprocess with Darks later)
Flats: 18 (had a problem with NINA and Flats, I aimed for 40, 22 were rubbish)
Dark Flats: 40
Bortle Class: 6
Moon: 89%
Software: NINA, PHD2, Stellarium, PoleMaster, StarTools 1.7, Photoshop CC

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Old 27-04-2021, 06:59 AM
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You've got to be happy with that Adam. Great depth and texture in your dragons. Well processed too. Nice work.
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Old 27-04-2021, 07:23 AM
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Some very respectable dragons you’ve captured there Adam. There colour and detail has come through very well.
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Old 27-04-2021, 09:20 AM
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Thanks Robert and Rodney. Had fun with this one, and learned a lot as well
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Old 27-04-2021, 09:49 AM
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Very nice!! How did you process it? As it came out of the camera or did you create a palette (Hubble etc)

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Old 27-04-2021, 10:20 AM
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Hi Rene, thanks!

It’s not much of a change in terms of colour. I just did a hue change in PS but only slightly to remove some of the reds and bring in a bit of yellow. Not much

The rest was edited in Startools. One day I’ll learn how to split the channels and process them separately
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Really nice. And the emission nebula below really pops!
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Old 27-04-2021, 07:54 PM
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Adam,
Excellent image from an excellent camera
Quite a lot of depth and detail
Colours are superb
Well done !!
Martin
PS: have you tried the Startools presets in the colour module
Maybe post an enquiry in the ST forum , Ivo is always accomodating
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Old 27-04-2021, 11:19 PM
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Love how you also captured the dragon egg nice work
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Old 29-04-2021, 10:09 AM
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Really nice. And the emission nebula below really pops!
Thanks Chris! yes that bottom bit came out pretty good

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Adam,
Excellent image from an excellent camera
Quite a lot of depth and detail
Colours are superb
Well done !!
Martin
PS: have you tried the Startools presets in the colour module
Maybe post an enquiry in the ST forum , Ivo is always accomodating
Thanks Martin. Yes I had a LOT of trouble with Startools on a previous image and almost gave up with the software, but the folks on the forum there really helped me and I was able to use that knowledge to edit this one.
I'm finding the Film Dev module really powerful. Love it!

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Love how you also captured the dragon egg nice work
thanks Nik
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Old 29-04-2021, 10:35 AM
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Excellent image Adam,

Film dev was my GOTO instead of autodev as I had more control over the stretch.
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Just wow! Excellent work
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Old 01-05-2021, 09:04 AM
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Lovely image Adam. Your touches in the red/yellow area are great and really help the dragons stand out against the gold background.

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Excellent image Adam,

Film dev was my GOTO instead of autodev as I had more control over the stretch.
Cheers Karl. Agree. Autodev is nice for that inital stretch to see any issues, but Film Dev is much more powerful after that.

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Just wow! Excellent work
Thanks Bohdan!

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Lovely image Adam. Your touches in the red/yellow area are great and really help the dragons stand out against the gold background.

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Thanks, JA. This is the second process actually, and it was to do just that... bring the dragons out a little more.
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This does not belong to beginners, time to move to the main area
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Old 02-05-2021, 07:59 PM
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ha, no way. Still way too much to learn, but thanks
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