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LBN 1060 - Canis Major and Puppis

 

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Scope: FSQ-106N at f/5,  Laguna Mountains, CA   25 February 2012, Camera: ST8300M

Exposure: 10 x 10 minutes H-Alpha (1x1 bin) and 10 x 5 minutes (2x2 bin),  8 x 3 minutes RGB Exposures (2x2 bin) 

Processing: Images were captured with CCDSoft. Aligned/stacked and dark subtracted in Astroart ; Sigma Combine method was used for stacking subs.  All channels were scaled and rough color balanced in Astroart.  Central Gradient removal  was done in Astroart. Channels were co-registered in Astroart.   The 10 minute 1x1 bin  and 5 minute 2x2 bin H-Alpha  exposures  were  used  for the main luminance construction. Level adjustments and curves were used to bring out object features.  Ha and red exposures were blended for the Red channel.  LRGB combine was done in Photoshop.    A light background noise reduction  was applied  to the LRGB image.   Final touches and color balance in Photoshop. Final Image size is approximately 3352x2532 (cropped and resized to 2000x1500).

North is to the left in this image. This is an extended cloud of gas straddling the border of constellations Canis Major and Puppis of . Gas is energized by nearby stars to emission levels. Not much has been studied in this region of sky, so there is not much more information that can be provided.  The Horizontal FOV is 118'.

Image center is located approximately - Equatorial 2000: RA: 07h 25m 29s Dec: -2527'08"

 

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