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Comanche Springs Star Party
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Monday, October 18, 2010

Dust Bunny

Here is my first CCD image to be processed from Okie-Tex. This is an enormous dust complex in Taurus, centered around the blue reflection nebula Vdb27.

After working on this image for a while it started looking to me like a giant bunny leaping right to lower left across the frame (please tell me you see a bunny too).

These types of targets are among my favorite to image. The illuminated dust has a very 3D quality that I really like and try to bring out in the photo.

FSQ 106EDX f/3.6
STL-11000M -20C
LRGB 150,30,30,30
CCDStack, PixInsight, CS5


Mu Cephi said...

This has to be the best astrophoto I have ever seen. Thank you very much for sharing.

I was curious, about how much time post-processing is involved?

Neutronman said...

Thanks Mu!

I spent a couple of days processing (I usually do most of the work in one day, sleep on it, then tweak the next day with fresh eyes).

Polaris B said...

I really like this, too. I didn't see the bunny at first. Instead, I saw an angry hawk whose wings move from upper right to bottom left. I think the bunny and the hawk have the same head, though.

What magnitude is the dust? I've seen hints of it in my images, but nothing quite like this. It's stunning! I'm sure the short f/ratio helps.

Neutronman said...

Thanks Polaris,

I do not find any magnitude data on these dust structures. LBN777 is a prominent object (the "vulture head" at the lower right corner), but I find no reference to magnitude.

They are faint, but can be seen in a single 15 min luminance sub at f/3.6.
Yes, fast f/ratio helps!