Helix Nebula

Here is a reprocess of some recent data on the Helix nebula. I paid a little more attention to the histogram while stretching and got a more natural look to the final image. Click on the image to see a tighter crop of the nebula. Click on the image again to return to the wider field.

Object Helix Nebula RA 22:29.6 Dec -20:50
Exposure 80 minutes (8 X 10 minutes)
ISO 800
Camera Canon 60Da DSLR
Optics SkyWatcher Esprit 120  f/7 APO refractor with  a  focal length of 840 mm

SCO, St. Croix, N.S.

Processing This image was processed entirely in Images Plus. Calibration, stacking, masked arcsinh stretch, feature mask split star processing in  Images Plus . Masked noise reduction, sharpening and contrast enhancement done with multi scale decomposition tool. Image binned and cropped for web display.