Urban M42, 2021

An urban effort on the core of M42, taken from my driveway and a cloudy weekend evening gave me a chance to fix up an Orion nebula shot that I've never really been happy with. My processing left the image with a grossly over sharpened look and the data I used to blend in for the core was, no pun intended, less than stellar. This winter I grabbed 15 minutes of filtered, narrow band data from my driveway and blended it into the shot from last year, paying more attention to the processing and now have an image I'm happier with, possibly destined to hang on the wall.

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Object The Orion Nebula Object RA 5:35:16 Dec -5:23:01
Date 10 February, 2021
Exposure 15 minutes (3 X 5 minutes) for the core with filter, 69 minutes (23 X 3 minutes) for the outer areas
Conditions Urban filtered data:    Very bright sky due to light reflecting off fresh snowfall, looking into the worst of my light pollution
SCO data:                 Dark Bortle 2-3 skies
Gain 100
Camera Zwo ASI2600MC-Pro for core, Canon 60Da for outer areas
Optics Prime focus of a  SkyWatcher Esprit 120 f/7 APO refractor with a focal length of 840 mm
Filter Optolong L-eNhance
Location Bedford, Nova Scotia and St. Croix Observatory
Processing This image was captured using Sequence Generator Pro. Split star processed similar to this. After the images wer processed separately they were blended together using a LMS technique.