Adding Some Color to NGC 1068

(Click to Enlarge)

Following on from my last post, I thought I would try to give some color to the raw image of galaxy NGC 1068, otherwise known as M77.

This actually took less time to process and I tried to highlight the active nuclues of this galaxy.

When this galaxy was discovered in the ate 1780s it was first thought to be a nebula.

The picture above shows the orginal image I used for processing and the finished image is below.

To process these FITS files I use a photoshop plugin called FITS Liberator.

Update : Have a close look at the color version of the galaxy. If you look at the nucleus of the galaxy, it looks like a ball of light. But to the left of it there appears to be an arm or tendril of cloud wrapping itself around the nucleus. I didn’t actually pick that up while processing the image and you can’t see this in the original raw image.

This show that you can bring out a lot of detail in the processing stage.

NGC 1068 Processed (Click to Enlarge)

~ by sydneystargazers on December 23, 2009.

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