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Rosette Nebula – Stock Canon DSLR

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How the Rosette Nebula looks with a Stock DSLR

Will an unmodified Canon DSLR pick up the red nebulosity?

Happy New Year! I was finally graced with some clear skies that showcased the beautiful winter milky way on Monday. The moon was about 19% lit, and didn’t set until about 10:30pm, so about half of data in the photo above was captured with the moon still out. The sky conditions were so fantastic on Monday, it was a shame I had to leave early to get a good night’s sleep for work the next morning.

The Rosette Nebula (Caldwell 49) is a large circular HII region. The open cluster NGC 2244 (Caldwell 50) is closely associated with the nebulosity, the stars of the cluster having been formed from the nebula’s matter.

Rosette Nebula Stock

 

Caldwell 49 – The Rosette Nebula
Imaged Monday, February 3, 2014

38 subs, 3.5 Minutes Each totaling 2 Hours 13 Minutes

I used the Explore Scientific 80ED telescope for this photo because the size of this object is quite large. I am quite happy with my end result, although I plan on processing the photo several more times to try and pull out as much detail as possible.

I highly recommend Noel Caboni’s “Astronomy Tools” action set for Photoshop. I found it very helpful when processing this image, and every other image I have taken. For the price of a cheap filter, you can drastically improve your astrophotos. Well worth it!

Complete Astrophoto Details

Telescope: Explore Scientific ED80 with WO Flat III 0.8x FR/FF
Tracking Mount: Skywatcher HEQ5 Pro Synscan
Guiding: Meade DSI Pro II and PHD Guiding
Guide Scope: Orion Mini 50mm
Camera: Canon EOS 450D (Stock)
ISO: 1600
Exposure: 2 hours 13 Minutes (38 x 210s)
Processing Software: Calibration and Stacking in Deep Sky Stacker, Levels/Curves/Enhancements in Photoshop CC
Support Files: 12 darks

 

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Nice images! I am considering the purchase of the ES 80mm triplet ED(now $649) and it is difficult to find any published images. Your images have helped me out. Buy! Thanks for sharing…

  2. Trevor says:

    You're Welcome! I can highly recommend the ES 80ED Triplet… It is so small and easy to set up. and is capable of capturing amazing images!

  3. Hey Trevor, Another beautiful shot! The "contrast enhancement" brings out the structure really nice… You're so right, I have an old set of "Astronomy Tools" for photoshop 4 and they rock!
    Greg

  4. James says:

    Incredible shot with a stock 450d! I also have a Canon 450d (mine is modded) and I am attempting this target soon in this winter. How would you advise on the ISO setting?

    A lot of people recommend going with ISO 800 but you did amazing work with 1600. What’s your opinion about it on 450d?

    Thank you so much in advance!

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