After the Triangulum Galaxy headed into the trees, I slewed the ‘scope over to the Flame Nebula which was just coming out from behind a tall tree to the South. This is the same small window of opportunity that afforded the recent attempts at Orion Nebula. As much as I love trees, I’m looking forward to opening the view significantly allowing many hours of exposures on targets that fly low. When I processed the images I was excited to see, for the first time on my own equipment, the Horsehead Nebula adjacent the Flame Nebula. I don’t have many exposures to work with but here’s a good start. Feedback welcome through the contact page.
This is my second or third attempt at imaging the Triangulum galaxy as an astrophotography target. I was finally able to get some sharpness and detail thanks to better optical alignment. It moves quickly out of reach beyond the trees so there weren’t many exposures to combine. This is a mashup of 30s exposures @ ISO 25600, 30s exposures @ ISO 6400, and 60s exposures @ ISO 6400 taken with the Canon EOS 6D DSLR. The exposures were registered and stacked in Deep Sky Stacker then processed with Adobe Camera RAW and Photoshop CS6. Within Photoshop the processing involved several fantastic plugins including Noise Ninja, Gradient Xterminator, and Hasta La Vista Green (HVLG).