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Processing NGC6744

Processing NGC6744

NGc6744

Hamza
Avid amateur Astronomer with multiple Interests

After completing a 200 point pointing model of one of the telescopes in the Atacama Desert in Chile, I tried to image a target that was well suited for this telescope. It is an absolutely stunning telescope with only premium components, it consists of:

Mount : Nova120 direct drive

Telescope: ASA 16" Newtonian

Camera: FLI Proline16803

Capture and Processing: PRISM v10 ( of course :-D )

Joaquin's telescope

Exposure details

Since this is quite a bright nebula, I thought about only using 300s exposures, having it available to image for close to 8 hours that night, I did invest the entire night in it.

The details are:

L: 300s x 50

R: 300s x 12

G: 300s x 12

B: 12 x 300s

typically I add Ha to a big galaxy like this to really capitalize on the galaxies within, but I do not remember having done that.

processing

The typical process involves capturing the data with PRISM as well as pre-processing. For post-processing, PRISM is very capable of accomplishing this task. However, it is not designed to replace the likes of Photoshop. Instead, it provides a quick and powerful way to edit images and publish if that it what you wish to do. 

1

Pre-process with PRISM. Apply the bias, darks and flats to the image easily and automatically

2

Align the channels with PRISM. This is the process where PRISM align the LRGB frames using the stars in the images

3

Export from PRISM to Photoshop as a TIFF 16bit.

4

Post-process with Photoshop and publish.

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