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A Horse with No Name
A Horse with No Name

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Challenge: Free Study 2009-01 (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Location: Bedford, NH
Date: Jan 24, 2009
Aperture: 10
ISO: 800
Shutter: b
Galleries: Astrophotography
Date Uploaded: Jan 25, 2009

The horsehead nebula in orion. Almost impossible to view directly because it's so faint, but easily captured with long exposure photography. This image was taken on Jan 24th with a 10" newtonian telescope. The first part of the image was 4 5 minute exposures taken with an IDAS LPS filter (light pollution filter). This generates a horribly undetailed image with no contast and virtually no fine detail because of the sky fog... however, the colors that are on the image are correct. The second part of the image is 6x12 min worth of hydrogen alpha filtered image. This gives a deep deep red image that is completely unaffected by light pollution. Take this image, stack it in photoshop, then mix it with the red channel of the color image and you get the above image.

All I can say is, "wow! tough crowd!". I really thought this would do much better, I think it's the best astrophoto I've ever taken. If anyone has any feedback for me as to why this didnt' do better, I welcome it with an open mind. For anyone that's interested, here are the processing steps involved in putting this image together after initially captured using the telescope: the making of the horsehead


Place: 83 out of 454
Avg (all users): 6.0510
Avg (commenters): 7.0000
Avg (participants): 6.0467
Avg (non-participants): 6.0600
Views since voting: 1074
Views during voting: 290
Votes: 157
Comments: 7
Favorites: 4 (view)

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02/27/2009 03:39:41 AM
I didn't vote in this challenge. I was just skimmimg the thumbs and this one jumped out at me. I think it is incredibly beautiful, and very well executed. Imho it's a wonderful image which has been way undervalued.
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02/08/2009 02:23:28 AM
I guess 6.0 is pretty good, considering, but nevertheless in *my* pantheon this, and other images of its ilk, are not given enough credit. Beautiful work, and a 9 from me.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/07/2009 01:45:54 AM
Tell your GF to give you more credit! ;) Love your shot!
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02/05/2009 08:19:08 PM
Just incredible. Almost no words to describe this. The color is good, the subject is interesting and there are lots of details. Very nice image. Going to faves!
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02/01/2009 08:50:25 PM
Is this in the milky way? Great nebula!
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02/01/2009 08:06:16 PM
I am always amazed at images like this
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02/01/2009 11:16:14 AM
The Horsehead Nebula is a wonderful sight to behold. Perhaps a tad more contrast could give this image a little more pop
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