Every day our eyes catch the light of our memories – time spent with family, the journey to work, a special holiday, a beautiful sunset or a dark starlit night. Each image captured is a picture drawn in light – a photograph: only to be lost in our minds or forever forgotten. Nearly two hundred years ago a small group of amateur scientists achieved what had eluded mankind for centuries – the ability to capture a permanent record of an image seen by their own eyes – a moment in time frozen onto a surface. They had discovered Photography. They were the ‘Catchers of the Light’.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Sh 2-132

Sh 2-132 is a faint emission nebula in Cepheus and lies around 10,000 light-years away.
It is illuminated by two Wolf-Rayett stars and several OB stars.

Instruments and exposure data:
W.O FLT110 with dedicated TMB field flattener
FeatherTouch 3'' focuser
Starizona MicroTouch autofocuser
Meade DSI
Ha 5nm Astrodon
Sky-Watcher EQ6 Pro
Ha :46*10min bin1x1 (7 hours 40 min)

please open it in full resolution here    http://www.astrobin.com/full/136150/0/?real=&mod=       ...and enjoy

for a HST palette version please see here: http://www.astrobin.com/35012/C/

Animated presentation of successive processing steps.

clip 1 : the original Ha master frame deconvolved with LR in ccdstack
clip 2 : after Dynamic Background Extraction in pixinsight
clip 3 : after removing stars with Straton
clip 4 : high pass sharpening , local contrast tuning and noise reduction in photoshop
clip 5 : the final image with stars back, in their positions!!!!!
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