Astrophotography by Keith B. Quattrocchi

               NGC 1514
               Crystal Ball Nebula in Taurus 
                Composite Ha-RGB Image
                Published in "Astronomy" Gallery, June 2008


                                      Image Acquisition Information                      
                               Telescope:   16" RCOS Ritchey-Chretien Telescope (ion milled at f/9) 
                               Location:     The Lost Valley Observatory, loated at Sierra Remote
                                                 Observatories in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California 
                               Camera:       SBIG STL-6303
                               Guiding:       Astrodon  MOAG AOG (SBIG 237 with .65 FLR)
                               Filters:        Astrodon Ha, R, G, B
                               Mount:        Software Bisque Paramount ME
                               Acquisition Programs:   The Sky,CCDAutopliot III, CCD Soft. 
                               Processing ProgramsCCDStack, Maxim DL, Photoshop CS3
                               Date:: January 1-January 19, 2008                              
                               Time:  21x20 min ( 7 hours) each for Ha, and  6x20 min for each of
                                        R,G,B (6 hrs) for a total of 13 hours                           
                               Processing:  CCD Stack and PhotoShop CS/3
Image Information: An irregularly lit planetary nebula in Taurus.  It has an unusually bright central star, magnitude 9.5. 
Processing Comments:  Ha-Red blend perforned  in Photoshop CS/3.  Ha-R/G/B assembled in Maxim DL.  Further processing, including data stretching (curves/levels), Shadows/Highlioghts,  High Pass filer used in PS CS/3. As with the Ha image, the image was challenging due to the presence of a full moon, manisfestd by some backgound noise. 

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