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I shot this last year when I first got my lens and the data was ruined so I was glad to finally get a real shot at it back at my favorite super dark mountain top.

I actually shot the M16/M17 Ha after this got low and moon came out then I got caught up in that as a project even though it wasnt the real goal.

Kinda saved this data to mess with and it really spoils me to shoot from dark skies since it makes things easier to process and this was such a fun target.

Hope I get some more time at this one but its the first time ive been able to get that separation of the dust from the background stars ever so even if I dont it was worth it.

28 5min subs with no filter at ISO 800 stacked in DSS then adjusted in PS CS2. Canon 500D(modded) , Orion Atlas mount and the lens was the Nikon 180ED @ f/2.8 and a 7x40mm finder as a guide scope

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Comment by Ivaylo Stoynov on August 5, 2011 at 7:33am
Great image!
Comment by Erik larsen on July 21, 2011 at 6:49pm
Thanks very much Derek
Comment by Derek Baker on July 21, 2011 at 8:07am
Gorgeous! I especially love the detail & colour in the nebulosity around Antares!
Comment by Erik larsen on July 20, 2011 at 10:55pm
Thanks very much spike77 , Starhopper
Comment by spike77 on July 20, 2011 at 7:50pm
simply beautiful
Comment by Erik larsen on July 18, 2011 at 8:36pm
Thanks very much Duncan , Trevor , Steve.
Comment by Steve Coates on July 18, 2011 at 1:28pm
Wow nicely done Erik.
Comment by Trevor Woodrow on July 18, 2011 at 1:55am
OMG! Beautiful!
Comment by Duncan Kitchin on July 18, 2011 at 12:04am
Awesome! Love the range of colors. Great capture!

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