Very nice image Matt, which program did you process it with? The reason I ask is I am new to the LT (NSO) scene. I am still trying to figure out where the raw data (FIT Files) are.
I used PixInsight which is rather expensive but once you get to grips with it, it becomes a very powerful tool processing astro photos
Have you tried LTImage, you can get pretty good results with this and it is free.
If you have any problems using the software we will always try to help if you get in touch.
Generally speaking if you search the archive (e.g. for the Crab Nebula, or you can just choose one of the 3-colour options in the second search criteria "...Taken for this Observing Programme:") and choose observations with a longer exposure time, you will get better images, currently on the first page of the search results there is a 3-colour observation (indicated by the R,G & B filters, red, green and blue) available, at a 60 seconds exposure (if you click on the Code name you will see a black and white preview of the observation):
Code Object Date of Observation Telescope and Instrument Exposure Time Filter When Available
16811E000 Messier 1 25 Nov 2019 at 02:35:00 GMT Liverpool Telescope using IO:O 60 secs R Now
16811E001 Messier 1 25 Nov 2019 at 02:35:00 GMT Liverpool Telescope using IO:O 60 secs G Now
16811E002 Messier 1 25 Nov 2019 at 02:35:00 GMT Liverpool Telescope using IO:O 60 secs B Now
I hope this information helps,
This will now be my entry
Sorry, I meant this one as my new entry**
Looks Good Matt, and thanks Alison. Like Matt I own PixInSight as well as StarTools and others, but I will try out LTImage. I had seen the "Search the Archives" box, but I'm a bit slow on the up-take. I haven't had any previous experience at looking at data from a large scope, and been messing around capturing data from my equipment.
I want to thank NSO for the chance to view data from a Professional telescope. I'll do more exploring the previously captured data, and try my hand at processing it.
Hi Matt, Brent,
Have you both seen our recent news article on the Insight Investment Astronomy Photographer of the Year Competition, you can use images available to the public from professional telescopes to enter a new category this year!