Thanks to Neil Heacock for spending some time with me Friday afternoon, to cover the basics of layers
in *Photo Shop Elelments*. I was accomplishing these adjustments in other ways, but with a much heavier hand. Layers and curves provide a much more subtle control.
I do feel good about the progress I am making. In the past, my images were so raw that a heavy hand was needed to even partially hide the flaws. I still have flaws, but they are now much less prominent, requiring less agressive adjustment.
Here is a re-processing on NGC 6946, the Fireworks Galaxy, imaged 8/19/09 at Indian Trail Spring. The star quality still has room for improvement, but overall, I am not unhappy. Also reprocessed is an image of NGC 891 taken from my driveway 9/1/09....with a 3/4 full moon, and a bright haze.
NGC 6946: Mag. 10
Apparent size: 11x10 arc minutes
Distance: 10 million light years
9 supernovae have been seen in NGC 6946
obscured by dust in the Milky Way
NGC 891: Mag 10
Apparent size: 13.5x2.8 arc minutes
Distance 10 million light years