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Image of the Week, December 2, 2016

Johann Nishant dark nebula taurus

Dark Nebulae and Dust in Taurus, by Johann Nishant

An amazing wide-field display of the dark nebulae in the constellation Taurus, including the Pleiades (M45).


  • Light frames: 88x 180” @ ISO800 ( 264 Minutes)
  • Dark frames: 15 x 180” @ ISO800
  • Flat frames: 30 x 1/640″ @ ISO 800
  • Bias frames: 30 x 1/8000” @ ISO800
  • Guided with Orion SSAG using PHD2


  • Location: Leh and Hanle, Ladakh, India
  • Sky Conditions: Extremely dark but seeing was not perfect

Main Equipment

  • OTA: Samyang 135mm f/2 at f/2
  • Mount: Sky-Watcher NEQ6
  • Camera: CentralDS Cooled 5D Mark II Full Spectrum Modified
  • Filter: Astronomik UV/IR Cut

Integration and Processing

  • Processed in PixInsight 1.8
  • Batch Preprocessing Script with Cosmetic Correction
  • Dynamic Crop
  • ABE
  • Background Neutralisation
  • Colour Calibration
  • Histogram Transformation
  • Morphological Transform
  • Saturation Curves
  • LHE
  • SCNR
  • Final Crop in PS

About the photographer

Johann Nishant
Location: India
Website, Instagram


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