December: Test shots with new scopes/mounts
Dec 21: TMB 80/480 Arrives!
Dec 3: AP1200 Arrives!
Nov 30: TMB 152/1200 Arrives!
This is NGC 2392, a Planetary Nebula in the constellation of Gemini. It is also known as the Clown Face and Eskimo Nebula, for fairly obvious reasons.
I was dissapointed at first with this one, since a straight stack in IRIS provided very poor detail in the nebula region. However, 20 iterations of Richardson-Lucy deconvolution really brought out the detail nicely, particularly in the "fur" region. Unfortunately, though, R-L made the stars look, well, icky, so I composited the deconvolved nebula with a straight stack for the star background in Photoshop. Yes, that's cheating. No, I don't care.
Great care was taken during the aquisition and processing of this image so as not to clip any of the detail in the nebula, including the central star, in order to preserve the colors. This is a crop of the full-size frame. North is up.