NGC 1342 in Perseus


Scope: C8  f/2.8 Location: Del Mar, CA   12 Jan. 2005  Camera: ToUcam SC3

Exposure: 16 x 42  sec  Luminance Exposures  with IR  Block and Orion SkyGlo  filters.   12 x 24 sec RGB Exposures

Processing: Images were captured in K3CCDTools 2. Aligned/stacked in Registax 3 and saved as FITS. Luminance and Color channels were scaled and rough color balanced in IRIS. Channels were co-registered in IRIS.  The 42 sec IR block exposure was used as the main luminance channel; minimum and gaussian blur filters were applied to the luminance construction.  Luminance and Color FITS were combined in Photoshop with Luminance Layering. Color balancing and final touches in Photoshop. SGBNR (PixInsight LE) was used to smooth background noise on  final result. Image was resized to 800 x 600.

This image was taken at a light polluted  site - so the skyglo filter was used. This was a guided image. NGC1528 is a medium bright Open Cluster in the constellation of Perseus - about 6 and a half degrees from the California Nebula.  Horizontal FOV is 30'



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