Calibration, stacking done in Images
Plus and an arcsine stretch applied.
The feature mask tool was used to split the stars from the
image and a mask made from the nebula only image. An arcsine stretch
was used again on the original unstretched image with the mask to keep
the stars small. The result was again split into stars and nebula
images and the nebula underwent masked stretching and noise reduction.
The star layer was then recombined with the nebula. The core
shot was processed similarly and resized, then a LMS combine
was used to maintain core detail using the two images in Paint Shop
Pro. The contrast was enhanced using the clarify function and the image
was sharpened a bit using a high pass filter. Finally the image was
reduced for web display.