As I enter my 4th year of being an astrophotographer, I can finally tick this target off my list. I’ve imaged Barnard’s before but wasn’t satisfied with the result.
And so, it became the 1st target of #EveryNewMoon, an imaging project Cory (@theastroshake) and I started for 2016.
I’ll write more about the project in the next few weeks.
RGB – Canon 60Da
52 x 180 seconds
Integration time: 156 Min. 2h 36m
HA: 12 x 600 Seconds.
No darks or bias
Integration time: 120 min. 2h
Calibrated and Integrated in PixInsight
Total Integration time: 4h 36m
It was very difficult to work with such a rich star field. Shooting at 24mm meant millions of little pin-point stars. 2 Iterations of star reduction, and I’m scared that now the sky appears noisy. But in fact, it’s just the ridiculous amount of stars in the image!
Celestron Advance VX
Shot at 24mm, ISO800
Canon 24-70 Lii F/2.8
RGB OSC Image off the Canon 60Da – PixInsight:
Ha Image from the QSI CCD – PixInsight:
Then proceeded with the following functions;
Red Channel Extracted
Pixel Math to combine HA and R
Pixel math to combine new Ha and R channel to the RGB with a boost factor
MMT to sharpen and reduce noise
Processing in PhotoShop:
Add vibrance, saturation, brightness and contrast.
Gradient edit for top left star colour.
Star reduction – failed – too many small stars – Started to look too granular
Processing in PI – MT final – Star reduction