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LBN 1022 in Monoceros

 

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Scope: C8  @ f/4.2 Location: Blair Valley, Anza Borrego Desert,   21 November, 2009  Camera: Artemis285

Exposure:  8 x 10 min IR/UV Block (1x1 bin),  6 x 6 min H-Alpha (2x2 bin),  7 x 3 min RGB Exposures (2x2 bin) 

Processing: Images were captured  with Artemis Capture (as FITs).  Aligned/stacked and dark subtracted in Astroart with Sigma Combine.   IR / UV Blocking  filter  and Color channels were scaled and  color balanced in Astroart.  Channels were co-registered in Astroart.   Central Gradient removal was performed in Astroart. Luminance construction consisted of the IR/UV blocking filter exposures with a lighten blend of the H-Alpha exposures.  Curves and Levels applied in Photoshop to the Luminance construction to optimize object features.   H-Alpha exposures were blended with the Red channel (in a lighten blend).  Final LRGB combine was done in Photoshop using Luminance Layering in LAB Color space.  A light background noise reduction was applied to the image in PixInsight LE (SGBNR).   Final Image size is approximately 1393 x 1044.

All exposures in this image were guided; North is up in this image.  This object is known as LBN 1022. It is in in the constellations of Monoceros.  It is a Hydrogen emission region and its distance to Earth is approximately 3,000 light years.  In the image below a small object is pointed out which appears to be a brightening nebula. The full image Horizontal FOV is 36'.

Image center is located approximately - Equatorial 2000: RA: 06h 56m 52s Dec: -0816'19"

 

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