LDN 1295 in Cassiopeia




Scope: ES "Levy" MN152 Mak-Newt, 152 mm  at f/4.8,  Location: Laguna Mountains, CA   29 August 2011, Camera: ST8300M

Exposure: 14 x 7 minutes IR/UV Block (1x1 bin),  7 x 4 minutes RGB Exposures (2x2) 

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 7 minute 1x1  exposures  were combined  for the main luminance construction . Level adjustments and curves were used to bring out object features.  LRGB combine was done in Photoshop.   A light background noise reduction was applied in PixInsight LE (SGBNR) and with surface smoothing in Photoshop.    Final touches and color balance in Photoshop. Final Image size is approximately 3352x2532 (resized to 1800x1350).

All exposures in this image were guided; North is up in this image. This is an extended cloud of gas and dust that is considered a low mass star forming region. Objects in this field are LDN 1295 and 1296. In the lower right is LBN 603. The Horizontal FOV is 88'.

Image center is located approximately - Equatorial 2000: RA: 00h 45m 16s Dec: +5237'03"


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