Gamma Cygni Region

In the middle of Cygnus the Swan, is the star Gamma Cygni. The area around this star is rich in hydrogen gas, and has a fair amount of ionized oxygen and sulfur as well. This image was captured with filters that pass only light emitted from these gasses.

The color image started out as an attempt to do synthetic RGB, but this palette wanted to come out. Something other than all that god awful red. I like it, and I've been told there are no rules when it comes to mapping narrow band data to colors, so here's my own palette. I think it brings out the contrast between the different elements very well, and it's pleasing (at least to my eye) to look at. I hope you will like it too.

Image Details
Camera: QSI 683-ws8
Optic: Canon 200mm L Series prime focus @f/4.0
Exposure: 20x20minutes Ha, 18X20 minutes OIII, 9X20 minutes SII (3nm Astrodon)
Mount: Paramount MX
Date: June, July, August, 2013
Other: Imaged from Lake Mary, Florida. Processed with Pixinsight and Photoshop. Captured with TheSkyX and the Camera Add On.

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Gamma Cygni Region