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Old 25-09-2023, 09:02 AM
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SH 2-308 Dolphin Head Nebula

Here's one I've had to wait several years to be able to image, first it was the fires, then it was the rain, then it was work. But I've managed to squeeze in some early morning imaging time and finally got several hours on this magnificant nebula, After seeing what i've got so far, this is one that I'm going to be coming back to again, I really want more depth in this.

I was very surprised to see the second tiny planetary nebula right at the bottom of the Dolphin, after a bit of searching, I did find that it has a designation - PN G234.9-09.7, but no "name." So I think I'm free to give it one?

This is just under 9 hours total, ~5hrs OIII, ~3hrs Ha, and 15m each of RGB.

Click here to see it on Astrobin.

The processing was a fairly standard work flow for my HOO images.
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LinearFit > Channel Combination > SPCC > StarX > GHS to stretch
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LinearFit > BlurX > StarX > NoiseX > GHS > PixelMath to combine into HOO > CurvesTransformation for colour adjustment

PixelMath to bring the stars back, then BlurX for slight star reduction.

Clear Skies, and thanks for looking!
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Old 25-09-2023, 11:17 AM
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Well done Josh,
another top image -
we have so many lately -
the standards are very high on this forum.


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Old 25-09-2023, 11:25 AM
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Amazing shot Josh. Really stunning detail in the head and I love how natural the background looks too. Great work!!
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Old 25-09-2023, 11:28 AM
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Excellent capture Josh lovely subtle processing with some nice details and the smaller PN stands out nicely, very cool There looks to be a tiny bit of star elongation, is this a mount issue? No biggy, just wondering?

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Old 25-09-2023, 11:40 AM
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Well done Josh,
another top image -
we have so many lately -
the standards are very high on this forum.

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Thanks Allan! I couldn't agree more, the image quality is amazing.

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Amazing shot Josh. Really stunning detail in the head and I love how natural the background looks too. Great work!!
Thanks Dave! The amount of background was a nice surprise, and i'm glad i was able to bring it out. I'm hoping that more exposure time in the future will enhance it even further.

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Excellent capture Josh lovely subtle processing with some nice details and the smaller PN stands out nicely, very cool There looks to be a tiny bit of star elongation, is this a mount issue? No biggy, just wondering?

Mike
Thanks Mike! That little PN was a great surprise, as it's not something I could ever recall seeing in other captures online. And even after looking around, it's not very prominent elsewhere.
There is quite possibly some star elongation. I was having some guiding issues that i've been putting down to very poor seeing. The coastal air here has a habit of being quite variable. I'm pretty conservative with my subframe rejection, but i might have let a few bad ones through, just so i get an image together.
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I love the detail on this image. I have been looking into GHS and this image has convinced me it is the way forward!
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Great image Josh love the background nebulosity
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A sensational image Josh.

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I love the detail on this image. I have been looking into GHS and this image has convinced me it is the way forward!
Thanks Nate! GHS is a fantastic and powerful stretching tool. Adam Block has a fantastic video about how to use it, and of all the ones that i watched, it's the only one that really worked for me in understanding how to use it.

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Great image Josh love the background nebulosity
Thanks Nikolas! I love the back ground nebulosity as well!

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A sensational image Josh.

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Very nice. Thanks for posting
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Josh . Awesome capture mate . One of the best images of the dolphins head that I have seen nice work
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Old 29-09-2023, 07:18 AM
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Very nice. Thanks for posting
Thank you very much!

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Josh . Awesome capture mate . One of the best images of the dolphins head that I have seen nice work
Thank you for the kind words. I'm inclined to agree.
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Beautiful image. Really nicely captured and processed.
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Beautiful image. Really nicely captured and processed.
Thanks Paul! I definitely want to give this another go with a wider FOV and (weather permitting) a much deeper integration time.
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Lovely work Josh, you've presented this classic very nicely indeed
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Lovely work Josh, you've presented this classic very nicely indeed
Thanks Rodney! This one has been on my list for quite a while!
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Love this one! Excellent contrast of the red/blue/pink.
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Love this one! Excellent contrast of the red/blue/pink.

Thanks Eis!
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Very nice depth and details
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