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First Try - M33

Started by reconair, 11/26/2006 02:24PM
Posted 11/26/2006 02:24PM Opening Post
I just started playing with my ST2000XM and thought I would give M33 a try. My expectations were low given my first use of the camera, but I was pleasantly surprised with the result.

Tak TSA102 on G-11 unguided
Sbig ST2000XM
10X120s stacked in Registax
Finished in PSv.7

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Posted 11/26/2006 03:05PM #1
Alright Louis! That is a great looking 1st start: I know mine wasn't that good and I used the same scope and camera!

Now get some color data and complete the good job you started.

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Posted 11/26/2006 03:17PM #2
Very, very nice first light! It is a tougher subject than you'd think, isn't it? Congrats on the new camera,
Posted 11/26/2006 03:19PM #3
Congrats Louis, great FIRST shot! 8)
Looking forward to your next ones! wink

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Posted 11/26/2006 04:11PM #4
Very nice, Louis! This hobby is addictive, isn't it? You've been warned. grin

Posted 11/26/2006 04:56PM #5
Looking good Louis! The focus looks great and the detail you captured is very nice. Overall, it is a wonderful image.

I hope you don't mind a suggestion for your processing.... I'll bet there is detail in the core that you have stretched to white. Take a look at the original frames to see if you are washing out the core in the processing procedure. My guess is that you used "levels" in Photoshop to bring out the detail in the frame and that you adjusted the white point downward. This often results in areas washing out that had detail in the original frames. Instead, try using big upward "Curves" in Photoshop that don't flatline at the top end. I think you will find lots of detail in the core that you can bring back. Let me know how it works out.


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