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The Jellyfish Nebula, 2 Different Color Mixes

  
 
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So seemingly most astrophotography deep sky targets that have common names are an exercise in imagination to actually 'see' the namesake object in the image you take, at least for me. But sometimes one gets a name where you can instantly go 'oh yeah, I see what they were going for with than name.' I think the Jellyfish Nebula (designation IC443) is one of those that is more straightforward to recognize - hopefully you will agree. The other region on the left side of the image contains an area referred to as Sh2-249.

These 2 images are made from the exact same data set (~20.5hours of data through narrowband filters for the nebula and 30 mins of RGB data for the stars) - but then 'mixed differently to get the 2 different looks shown here. I usually pick my favorite one to post but in this case I like aspects of each one. The orange dominated version is in the Foraxx palette and seems to yield good separation of each of the narrowband signals, while the red/blue version is mixed to more closely approximate a more natural color look, and seems to show the subtle details in some sections of the nebula more clearly.

Which one do you prefer?

As always, thanks for looking and comments, questions, and critiques most welcome...

ML





Jellyfish Nebula, Narrowband with RGB Stars, Foraxx Palette







Jellyfish Nebula, Narrowband with RGB Stars, 'Natural Color' Palette




Feb 02, 2024 at 04:54 PM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · The Jellyfish Nebula, 2 Different Color Mixes


Detail and vivid nebula images are well photographed.



Feb 02, 2024 at 08:10 PM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · The Jellyfish Nebula, 2 Different Color Mixes


a tossed up for me. both images showed details in different areas..


Feb 02, 2024 at 10:07 PM
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Thank you for the comments, much appreciated.

ML



Feb 03, 2024 at 01:45 AM
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tntcorp1 wrote:
a tossed up for me. both images showed details in different areas..


That is pretty much exactly my predicament as well when trying to pick between the 2...Thanks so much for the feedback!

ML



Feb 03, 2024 at 01:47 AM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · The Jellyfish Nebula, 2 Different Color Mixes


Both are great. I prefer the second rendition of this one.


Feb 03, 2024 at 05:24 AM
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another_mikey wrote:
That is pretty much exactly my predicament as well when trying to pick between the 2...Thanks so much for the feedback!

ML


perhaps you can stack both images and grab the details from each. 🤔



Feb 03, 2024 at 05:34 AM
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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · The Jellyfish Nebula, 2 Different Color Mixes


Oh these are stellar, Mikey!
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Feb 03, 2024 at 06:32 AM
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p.1 #9 · p.1 #9 · The Jellyfish Nebula, 2 Different Color Mixes


Amazing


Feb 03, 2024 at 07:37 AM
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p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · The Jellyfish Nebula, 2 Different Color Mixes


Beautifully done! Considering that when viewed, all deep sky objects are grey! Excellent job on both! I like the first photo.


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p.1 #11 · p.1 #11 · The Jellyfish Nebula, 2 Different Color Mixes


Awesome!

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Feb 04, 2024 at 06:48 AM
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I really like both for different reasons. The intense color in #1 brings out minute detail that is going on within the nebula. Very vibrant & dramatic!

But #2 is softer and, to me, more natural. Just me.

Both very impressive since my daze with a ccd coupling to my computer and camera were far more "basic and infancy".

I would like to see how you saw it plus your pp.
Super job!
Dan



Feb 04, 2024 at 02:38 PM
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p.1 #13 · p.1 #13 · The Jellyfish Nebula, 2 Different Color Mixes


Can you share the image details like, which filters were used and integration time?


Feb 05, 2024 at 10:42 AM
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p.1 #14 · p.1 #14 · The Jellyfish Nebula, 2 Different Color Mixes


These are stellar! I am always blown away by the deep sky.

Carol



Feb 05, 2024 at 11:22 AM
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p.1 #15 · p.1 #15 · The Jellyfish Nebula, 2 Different Color Mixes


The first one wins "which one would I want on my wall" for me, which may surprise some people but that is how I evaluate most photo's, heh. The second pic does a little better in the more delicate areas like the bottom left where those wispy details get lost in the first pic. It would be nice to be able to combine those aspects with some layering.
Eric



Feb 05, 2024 at 01:05 PM
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kishorshelar wrote:
Can you share the image details like, which filters were used and integration time?


Yes of course. These were shot using the following gear and settings:

Equipment:
QHY268M Camera @ -5C, -10C and
Gain:56 Offset:20
Software Bisque MyT Mount
Stellarvue SVQ100 Astrograph Refractor, 580mm @ f/5.8
Antlia Pro Filters (3nm narrowband plus LRGB)
Orion ST-80 Guidescope/ASI290MM
Pegasus Astro Ultimate Powerbox v2
Pegasus Astro Falcon Rotator

Software:
Pixinsight Commercial Version 1.8.9
Lightroom CC
Photoshop CC
N.I.N.A. Control Software
BlurXTerminator (Russell Croman)
Star XTerminator (Russell Croman)
Noise XTerminator (Russell Croman)

Light Frames:
Ha - 41 x 600 secs ( 6 hrs 50 mins)
OIII - 39 x 600 secs (6 hrs 30 mins)
SII - 42 x 600 secs (7 hrs)
Red: 21 x 30 secs (10 mins 30 secs)
Green: 23 x 30 secs (11 mins 30 secs)
Blue: 23 x 30 secs (11 mins 30 secs)

20 hrs 53 mins 30 secs total


Dark Frames:
10 x 30 secs (5 mins)
10 x 600 secs (1 hr 40 mins)

No Bias Frames

No Flat Frames

ML



Feb 05, 2024 at 09:00 PM
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p.1 #17 · p.1 #17 · The Jellyfish Nebula, 2 Different Color Mixes


Thanks everyone for the continued wonderful feedback, and the votes on which image is preferred. Much appreciated!

ML



Feb 05, 2024 at 09:01 PM
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p.1 #18 · p.1 #18 · The Jellyfish Nebula, 2 Different Color Mixes


Absolutely stunning. I think I prefer the second, echoing what others have said about it feeling softer and more natural.

I see what you mean about the name, it does look like a jellyfish. But if were going off of first instincts, it would be called the Meatball Nebula.



Feb 06, 2024 at 04:58 AM
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p.1 #19 · p.1 #19 · The Jellyfish Nebula, 2 Different Color Mixes


For me its #1 without hesitation. Just more pleasing to my eyes but the technical reason is more likely the orange/blue are complementary colors.

BTW great pics - I love these astronomy captures. They are a sight to behold!



Feb 08, 2024 at 07:23 PM
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p.1 #20 · p.1 #20 · The Jellyfish Nebula, 2 Different Color Mixes


The upper-left quartile in the second one looks more... normal? I do like the first one, though. Which one actually depicts the most accurate colors?


Feb 10, 2024 at 07:37 PM
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