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M78 Project – Done!

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M78 - Reflection Nebula in OrionI am finally done my "winter project" of M78 in the constellation Orion. The winter weather in the Niagara Region doesn't bode to well for astrophotographers as the clear nights are slim to none. Last night, however, I was able to squeeze in another 1.5 hours of shooting on this beautiful subject. I am satisfied with my results, and look forward to moving on to my next project, The Orion Nebula:) Thanks for looking!72 frames 4 and 4.5 minute exposures5 hours 30 minutes total exposureStacked with darksES ED80 Triplet ApoASCG-5 GTOrion Mini GuidescopeMeade DSI IIC…

Astrophotography Processing Graphic

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Basic Processing of an Astro-Photo I created a graphic showing the basic steps needed to turn a raw stacked astrophoto into the final image. This was from data collected in July at the CCCA Observatory in Wellandport, Ontario. I wish I had framed the object better so I could have included M20, oh well, next year!

M78 – Reflection Nebula

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M78 - A Reflection Nebula in OrionThe above image is a stack of 180, 210 and 270 Second Subs combined over three nights spanning 3 months.  The total time is just under 3 hours with 49 light frames total.  About 1.5 hours of this combined image was captured under dark skies at the CCCA.  Once I get some more time in there (hopefully this Friday;)  I will ditch the light polluted data from the backyard.