M45

This is a continuing series of urban imaging. The cluster was imaged from mag 3 skies and processed to bring out the nebula surrounding the brighter stars.  

Object M45 RA 3:47:29 Dec 24:06:18
Exposure 57 minutes (38 X 1.5 minutes)
ISO 800
Camera Canon 350D DSLR
Optics 100 mm SkyWatcher Black Diamond APO f/9
Location Bedford, Nova Scotia
Processing Raw images calibrated and stacked using Images Plus. Digital development processing applied for the initial stretch. Iterative background smoothing applied to reduce background noise. Masked noise reduction applied and then a highpass filter applied using Paint Shop Pro. Star shrink processing was applied. The image was resized for web display.