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HiMARC Imaging Trip to Williams Hill - Extended Objects

February 21, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

February 9-10, 2013

Misha and I embarked to Williams Hill for a two-day extended object imaging run with the telescopes. No one was silly enough to join us for the 24F nights, but we had a great time together and it was well worth the data!

Our camp setup (a serious upgrade over the traditional backpacking rig) - 

IMG_0001 The telescopes in the background and a Misha who prefers my sleeping pad to his bed -  

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I took a nice GoPro time-lapse setup sequence, but the low temperatures killed the battery prematurely, corrupting the entire 64GB SD card:(

Fortunately, the other equipment was much more rugged and coped fine. I shall post a DSLR time-lapse soon of the imaging night. Below is a single calibrated frame from the Horsehead Nebula imaging session taken with my Nikon D7000 on the 8'' Imaging Newtonian. Note the secondary reflection from the coma-corrector optic (later removed).

Horsehead Nebula sigle calibrated frame, HiMARC, Vedsingle raw horsehead

Calibrating and processing over 400 36 megapixel frames (16 hrs of processing and ~600 GB of data) at home on two 8-core machines at once with PixInsight.

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The final Horsehead Nebula shot (not that great, but a start). Flame nebula to the bottom left and the horsehead on the right. HDR multiscale-wavelets, Atrous wavelets, dynamic background calibration. I shall try to post a more blow by blow processing account soon.

Horsehead Nebula by Ved, HiMARClight_BINNING_1_DBE_colorcorrected_transformed-2 The high and low pixel rejection maps from the winsorized sigma-clipping image integration (after image calibration and registration). Can you spot the meteor trail?! There are also two satellite trails on the left and a serious internal reflection on the right.

high rejection low rejection

And some other post processed images from the two nights (on a 200mm Nikon lens, 105 mm Nikon lens with the D800 and the D7000 at prime focus of the 8'' Imaging Newtonian):

Orion Nebula:

Orion Nebula, HiMARC, Ved Chirayathlight_BINNING_1_DBE Wide-field shot of Orion's belt and sword, including Horsehead and Orion Nebulas:

Orionintegration1_ABE orion widefield

The morning after:

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And some awesome physics at sunrise:)IMG_0007

 

I shall post some more images soon and update the Astrophotography collection with high-resolution versions of these files after some more post-processing. Stay tuned!


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