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Happy Valentine’s Day from the Heart <3

Do you wear your heart on your sleeve?


Here is my 2019 capture of the Heart Nebula (IC1805) with my William Optics Zenithstar 61 APO.

The first image is a rendering which has all the stars removed to highlight the details of the nebula. This is accomplished with a plug-in called StarNet++ that is 100% free and can be used as a stand-alone application on your final image file or integrated into PixInsight as a final process step.

For the second image, I decided to only reduce the size and brightness of the stars in Photoshop CC 2020 utilizing the Astronomy Tools Action Set.

I hope you enjoy! Until next time :)



Image details: ⁣

  • 21 x 40” or 14 min!⁣
  • 30x darks⁣⁣⁣, no flats
  • 11/21/2019⁣
  • Bortle 6⁣⁣⁣⁣

Equipment used:

  • William Optics Zenithstar 61⁣⁣⁣
  • Optolong L-eNhance⁣⁣⁣
  • Orion Sirius EQG
  • ⁣⁣⁣ZWO ASI294mc⁣, unity, -20C⁣⁣
  • QHYCCD miniGuideScope⁣

HW/SW: ⁣⁣⁣

  • KStars/Ekos via INDI Server
  • Raspberry Pi4⁣⁣⁣
  • Deep Sky Stacker
  • Pixinsight⁣⁣
  • Starless by Starnet++ plug-in
  • Photoshop CC 2020