The Orion Nebula.
Processed using FITS Liberator, Maxim DL5, and Photoshop CS
3x120 second exposures RGB
Taken on the http://www.lightbuckets.com Remote Telescope Network
LB-0004 in Pingelly, Australia
For 120s subs, the data is really good. It's tough to stretch them since you'll get a lot of noise.
M42 is also tough because of the dynamic range of the target. The challenge is to show the detail in the nebulosity while bringing out the central star forming region.
See Jim's photographic portfolio for other astronomical images.
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