Friday, March 26, 2010

More data... HST this time.

The 'Space Telescope Science Institute' has released the fourth major data release (DR4) for the Hubble Legacy Archive (HLA) and it is now available here.
I found the seperate RGB FITS files for this image of M82 here.
Beware! they are rather large files, 589MB each, so you'll need a fairly fast internet connection.
I converted the FITS files in CS4 using the FITS Liberator plugin for Photoshop provided by ESA, and then reduced their size, they're huge!
I then copied them into an RGB file and just tweaked a few settings like 'shadows and highlights' and levels to bring out the details.

Here's my feeble attempt using my equipment.