NGC 2204 in Canis Major
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Scope: C8  f/6 Location: Del Mar, CA   6 Jan. 2006  Camera: Artemis285

Exposure: 10 x 120 sec  Luminance with IR Block Filter (bin 1x1); 8 x 60 sec RGB (2x2 bin)

Processing: Images were captured Artemis Capture (as FITs). Aligned/stacked in Registax 3 and saved as FITS. Luminance and Color channels were scaled and rough color balanced in Astroart. Central Gradient removal was performed in Astroart. Channels were co-registered in Astroart. The 120 sec IR block exposures were used as the main luminance construction with level adjustments and curves to bring out dim stars. Final LRGB combine was done in Photoshop.   Final touches were done in Photoshop. A  light background reduction and noise filter were applied to the image. Final Image size is approximately 1392x1040.

North is up in this image. NCG 2204 is an open cluster located in the constellation of Canis Major. It's distance from Earth is approximately 8,600 light years.  Horizontal FOV is 24'

Image center is approximately - Equatorial 2000: RA: 06h 15m 34s Dec: -1838'46"

 

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