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You might want to wear sunglasses! I am a color person and I like the detail in this picture and the color of course. ST-8300M about 3 hours exposure. Took almost that long to get the 1 minute exposures integrated to make the trapezium sort of visible. Comments as always greatly appreciated.

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Comment by Dave Lane on November 12, 2011 at 5:05am
Thanks again guys. I have a toned down version I did for giggles and grins and its odd that it sort of loses the depth and 3d like quality this one has. Still pretty and more realistic but this one just pops :)
Comment by Philip A Cruden on November 11, 2011 at 10:00pm

All I can say is I love color too and this looks beautiful. If I were painting the Orion Nebula the color saturation is right around what I would do. Really nice man.

Comment by Jeffrey P Nunnari on November 5, 2011 at 11:17am
Nothing wrong with the "Wow" factor, and this image really has it. Wow!!! I love the range of colors, especially around the edges. Nice work.
Comment by Dave Lane on November 4, 2011 at 8:10pm
Trevor used a AT-106LE. I always figure once you get to the floor for detail and pop the color it's a snap to drop the saturation and do a couple contrast curves and you have toned down darkened up version 2.0 :)
Comment by Trevor Woodrow on November 4, 2011 at 6:45pm
Very nice Dave...what scope?

I am with you, I tend to "over" color and go a bit far with the brightness, but I know some prefer not to push it. Me, I like the wow factor.
Comment by Dave Lane on November 4, 2011 at 3:46pm
Conor, Yeah I did that and it was still burned out even with the new Multiprocessing version. I finally had to go to the HDR Composition to integrate some 1 minute frames with the other lum frames. It kinda worked but was really tricky.
Comment by Conor on November 4, 2011 at 2:48pm
Wow. That is some seriously epic detail, Dave. That dust is outstanding. You can use software to desaturate the trapezium instead of shorter exposures. Try the HDR transform in PixInsight, for example. I'd apply it just after the histogram stretch for maximum effect. Mess around with the settings and see what works best for you. Alternatively, you could check out the PI tutorial on multi-scale processing. They do it on M33, but I think M42 is a good candidate for it as well. I'd be a little lighter with the saturation curve, but other than that, this is seriously nice work man.
Comment by Dave Lane on November 4, 2011 at 2:35pm
Understand, probably because I'm a noob I like the deep structure and more color. You definitely do good work.
Comment by Dave Lane on November 4, 2011 at 12:28pm
Mark, don't be afraid to take those curves way up there. There's hidden data in your pics. Just protect some of the bright areas from becoming too bright.


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