L-extreme Optolong

Optolong L-eXtreme filter for Astrophotography

An image of the Elephant’s Trunk nebula in IC1396 taken with the Optolong L-eXtreme filter. The Optolong L-eXtreme filter for astrophotography is dual band, allowing one shot colour cameras (OSC) to capture H-alpha and Oxygen III wavelengths at the same time. I was fortunate enough to have Optolong send me an L-eXtreme filter for testing. […]

Quasi Hubble Palette processing in Pixinsight

A quasi Hubble Palette image of the Cygnus Wall in the North America Nebula. As I mentioned in a recent post, I’ve been experimenting using OSC data to recreate a Hubble palette look to my images. Normally Hubble Palette is done using a monochrome camera and individual filters, H-alpha, Oxygen III and Sulfur II. Although […]

Starless version of Cygnus Wall image

The Cygnus Wall in NGC 7000

In June 2020 I pointed the Skywatcher Esprit 100 and new QHY268C camera at the Cygnus Wall for 5 nights. We had a run of clear nights in a row and it was also around new Moon which made it even better. I was able to get 23 hours total data. This is what I captured! This is […]

NGC 3324 Meet NGC 3324 and IC2599 The Gabriela Mistral Nebula

Meet NGC 3324 and IC2599 The Gabriela Mistral Nebula

This image was featured front cover of the RASC Journal (June 2020 edition) and Image of the Month in the BBC Sky at Night magazine (July 2020 edition). Meet NGC 3324, an open cluster closely associated with emission nebula IC 2599 located in the southern constellation Carina. It’s at a distance of 7,560 ly from […]

Pixinsight GAME mask script

Pixinsight GAME mask script update!

The GAME mask script for Pixinsight has been updated. If you want to create masks easily within Pixinsight for your image processing give it a try! In the video I’ll demonstrate it, showing some of the new features and what you can do with it. Some of my gear… Skywatcher Esprit 100 F5.5 Triplet refractor […]

Pixinsight noise reduction TGVdenoise

Noise reduction in Pixinsight – TGVDenoise

Hello everyone! Thanks for watching another one of my videos. I’ve been getting a lot of inquiries about noise reduction in Pixinsight so I thought I’d do another video covering it. This time a little bit more simple than before. In fact this method is fairly easy to do (I use it a lot) and […]

pixinsight tip

Pixinsight tip to make your images look better

Here’s a Pixinsight image processing tip to help make your images look better. If you’ve ever had globs of red/magenta hues appearing within your image (colour cast) then this little trick is for you. It works great and really helps restore colour quality within an image when affected. Some of my gear… Skywatcher Esprit 100 […]