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Here's what I collected so far on the whirpool galaxy

Discussion in 'Astrophotography and Imaging' started by stepping beyond, Jul 5, 2019.

Here's what I collected so far on the whirpool galaxy

Started by stepping beyond on Jul 5, 2019 at 12:04 PM

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  1. stepping beyond

    stepping beyond Well-Known Member

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    This is my 1st attempt at the Whirlpool galaxy m51 and all is a work in progress . This color brought out the spiral arms better. colorwhirlpool galaxy 6-01-19.jpg
     
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    Very Good.. and considering NC weather hasn't been very well suited for astrophotography. Colors of Galaxy look good, although there's blue dominant in background? Or is that my monitor?
     
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    I see the blue in my monitor as well. The colors can be corrected. The main thing is that you got a sharp and well detailed image of the Whirlpool. Good image!

    Ed D
     
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    Nice shot! Love the galaxy structure.
     
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    Thank yall , Now how to fix the background that's {heavily saturated} with B without messing up the galaxy, it's been a problem for me . All the lrgb stacked and in files I create and adjust my rgb in AIP4win . I then add Lum and tweak in Ps and astronomy tools. I been working on this and the Pinwheel for almost 2 weeks . The galaxy comes out too much color each time. URRRRGH! help ?
     
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    I live in extreme light pollution (Bortle 9) and my images are often messed up by the LP. A quick and dirty fix that I do is to convert to B&W:

    grayscalewhirlpool galaxy 6-01-19.jpg

    Have you tried taking flat frames, darks and bias, and using them in your processing? Flat frames may help take out the background gradient.

    Ed
     
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    I don't use the programs you use. What I use are SharpCap for captures, Deep Sky Stacker for DSO or Auto Stakkert for planets, and GIMP for tweaking colors, levels, etc. Wish I could be more help.

    Ed
     
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    I need to take my flats over again , I've not ran any since getting the moonlite AF . I use them but, the focus must be off . I take my flats now with a light panel instead of diverted light. I've got time now to get them taken thanks for the heads up buddy. I do need to get some newer ones and I started out using them and still do except for Gimp, I found a free download of Photoshop cs2 and added Carboni's astronomy tool plug in . Dso's is a whole new world in processing from planets with a steep learning curve. I keep at it and I'll eventually get better and better results.
     
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