Cone nebula – reprocessed with Pixinsight

Recently with my Celestron CGEM removed from the telescope pier to allow for the fitting of the adapter plate for my new telescope mount (post to come soon), the wet weather that we have been experiencing, and work commitments, I have not had a chance to do any Deep Sky imaging. Hence it is great that I have plenty of data to work with and get even more experienced with using Pixinsight. This time round, I worked on the data I had for the Cone nebula.

Imaging equipment: ZWO ASI178MM-cool, Samyang 135mm F2.0 lens, Astronomik H-alpha, O-III,S-II 12nm filters, iOptron ZEQ25GT mount.

Subs: 25 x 3 min H-alpha, 23 x 3 min O-III, 20 x 3 min S-II (just over 3 hours total integration time @ F2.0)

Now the image of the Cone nebula previously processed with StarTools.

Cone nebula and Christmas tree cluster
Cone nebula and Christmas tree cluster

These are the images calibrated, stacked and processed in Pixinsight with DrizzleIntegration to multiply the total pixels by 4.

Cone nebula - Red (H-alpha), Green (O-III), Blue (S-II)
Cone nebula with Christmas tree cluster – Red (H-alpha), Green (O-III), Blue (S-II)
100% crop
100% crop
100% crop Hubble's variable nebula
100% crop Hubble’s variable nebula
Cone nebula - Hubble Space Telescope Palette
Cone nebula with Christmas tree cluster – Hubble Space Telescope Palette
100% crop
100% crop
100% crop Hubble's variable nebula
100% crop Hubble’s variable nebula

It feels great to be able to us the many different tools in Pixinsight to bring out even more detail from the data that I managed to get previously. I’m much happier with the results now.

Boon