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This mosiac was a huge project. I started out by capturing 3 images. I called them left, center and right. Each was shot back to back and consisted of 4,000 frames each. Since my Canon 40D only captures at a rate of ~ 20fps, it took about 4 minutes to capture each image.
Then I took each image and aligned, stacked and applied wavelets in Registax 6.
Then I opened each image in Adobe Photoshop CS5.1 and created a prominence layer by brightening to bring out the faint wispy atmosphere and saving as...
Then I opened the original images again and stretched them to bring out the washed out surface detail.
Then I merged the two, to get my final subs, which were stitched in Photoshop, then colorized and finalized.
Gear for this shoot included:
Scope: Lunt solar Systems LS60THa &B1200 w/Crayford focuser
Mount: Losmandy G-11 permanently mounted
Observatory: Skyshed POD XL3
Optical: 2.5x Powermate
Stack: Registax 6
Process: Adobe Photoshop CS5.1