Thanks for sharing the data ian.
Right, so this was a new one for me -Ha
Data only and a target I've not done myself. So i really didn't have a clue what I was doing and made it up as I went along
This was done almost entirely in Photoshop CC
I started trying to use all the data and quickly found I was getting nowhere good. So, seeing most of the information was (unsurprisingly) in the red channel with green and blue really only adding noise, I pulled out the red channel and processed it in mono. First I did Image/Adjustment/equalise to see what we had. No gradient but a bit of horizontal banding which was resolved with Carbonis Actions (Horizontal banding Noise reduction)
I then did several iterations (4 of each I think) of levels and curves to get the brightness and contrast up. In a couple of the top layers I masked the background and worked only on the Nebula.
Next was a masked high pass sharpen routine to try to give a bit more structure in the neb. I then did 2x Carbonis "make stars smaller". Then I totally cheated I guess
and used Carboni's "B&W => HA
False Colour Black Space". Then noise reduction Using Carbonis Actions "Deep Space noise reduction". I looked at adding saturation but it didnt need it.
I then went into StarTools
and used "Repair" to sort out some of the stars in the corners. (Someone more knowledgeable than I may be able to advise if these are trailing or maybe needs adjustment of the FR
Then Back into PS for a final curves and saved down as JPEG (Why does StarTools
make my jpegs so small?).
I didnt crop it any because I quite like the space around it.
Ian, I think if you could get some RGB data to add in that would really beef up image.
Looking forward to seeing others efforts at this.