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    Default The Cigar Galaxy - 36hrs LRGB



    My latest project Messier 81 - The Cigar Galaxy. This one was a fun one to shoot and to see the fine details slowly start to show themselves as I gathered exposure time was pretty incredible. It was very difficult to process as was bringing out the small details. I spent a good 15 hours just putting this one together on top of the 36 hours I spent gathering the data. I still have 15 more hours of data to go (although switching targets is tempting). WHAT A WEEK! lol Detailed description below. I hope you guys like it, I would love to hear your thoughts!

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    Exposure:
    Lum: 18hrs
    RGB: 18hrs
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    Last edited by depratnt; 01-09-2019 at 08:28 PM.
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    Default Re: The Cigar Galaxy - 36hrs LRGB

    Hello Teagan,

    that's a very nice capture of the Cigar Galaxy, showing the irregular patterns and the red burst!
    Thank you for sharing,

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    Default Re: The Cigar Galaxy - 36hrs LRGB

    Fantastic image Teagan
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    Default Re: The Cigar Galaxy - 36hrs LRGB

    That’s an amazing image- WOW!!!
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    Default Re: The Cigar Galaxy - 36hrs LRGB

    That's a real beauty Teagan - One of the nicest M82 images I've seen.

    Love how you brought out the Red as well as the great internal details of the galaxy.

    Thanks for sharing. 15 hours processing! Whooooooooah!

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    Default Re: The Cigar Galaxy - 36hrs LRGB

    Quote Originally Posted by STEVE333 View Post
    That's a real beauty Teagan - One of the nicest M82 images I've seen.

    Love how you brought out the Red as well as the great internal details of the galaxy.

    Thanks for sharing. 15 hours processing! Whooooooooah!

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    Thanks Steve,! I know that I spent most of my time processing my luminance channel image just because thats what shows through in the end. I probably reprocessed it 6 or 7 times before I liked it which is why it took so long. The color part on the other hand was a piece of cake in comparison haha. Id say that I spent only 2 hours putting the two together and getting the color right.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chartram View Post
    That’s an amazing image- WOW!!!

    Thank you for the kind words, Mike

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    Default Re: The Cigar Galaxy - 36hrs LRGB

    That's nuts! Amazing detail, Teagan!
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    Very impressive! Great work, Teagan!!
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