NGC 6302 - The Butterfly Nebula - 101106st

Re-process of NGC 6302, The Butterfly Nebula, in the new StarTools software with a Photoshop finish. Still getting the hang of it, but it's able to bring out some detail and shrink stars nicely. This was a stack of 18 ten-minute exposures at 1600 ISO on my modified Canon 450D in my cooler box. This was part of my foray into large dim DSOs in the middle of the Milky Way. Lots of stars in the background that are very difficult to minimize. I was never entirely happy with the original Photoshop process, although there's lots of information there, so I threw StarTools at it. This one wasn't quite as successful as the other two re-processes I've done.


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   Right Ascension: 20h 25m 9.522s (306° 17m 22.829s)
   Declination: +40° 16m 11.787s
Orientation: Up is 5.1 degrees East of North.
Image Size: 2.539° x 1.689° Pixel Scale: 2.138"


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