• Posted on: 14 February 2019
  • By: tihomiry

If you have used DeepSky stacker to stack RAW files, maybe you have notice that the resulting image is poor of color saturation. This is because it has a higher number of bits then the display could show. Going to less bits per Chanel we are loosing information so it is good idea to do any touches as early as possible. DeepSky stacker give us tool to achieve correct color balance and increase luminosity and saturation. The best color balanced image has all the 3 channel (RGB) histograms overlapped. You can adjust this as well as increase intensity of high lights and shadows (correct the background). Finally use the saturation slider to achieve the colors. But be careful with the color noise.

Below: NGC 7635 Bubble Nebula 06.09.2015. Pentax k-5, 30 frames x 30s. ISO 51200. UHC-S Oxygen III and Hydrogen alpha pass filter. Telescope SW 200pds, F1000mm 1:5. The “bubble” is created by the stellar wind from a massive hot young central star. At the upper left M52 Open Cluster. At the upper right – upcoming cloud

When we have a new newton telescope we shroud avoid touch the collimation of the secondary mirror as we may get into troubles.

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Some shots from Sofia. A very bright sky place. Zenith sky brightness info (2015): SQM 19.13 mag./arc sec2 Brightness 2.41 mcd/m2, Artif. bright. 2230 μcd/m2, Bortle class 6.