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High-resolution desktop wallpaper Horsehead Nebula by chriscologne
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Horsehead Nebula

April 15th, 2009

I used a public domain NASA image of the Horsehead nebula, removed the noise and errors and optimized the color range and saturation.

You can find the unedited original here: http://www.noao.edu/image_gallery/html/im0661.html

Minimum credit line: T.A.Rector (NOAO/AURA/NSF) and Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA/NASA)

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astronomy » black » horsehead nebula » nature » nebulae » orion (constellation) » photography » pink » red » sky » space » stars »

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Comments from the Community

Posted By: Ben Gustafson
about 5 years, 3 months ago
Very nice. It almost looks like an Apple desktop! Great job!
Posted By: Dave Joyce
about 5 years, 3 months ago
Yeah, Excellent cleanup work. NASA should give you a job of fixing their photos!
This comment is rated: insightful
Posted By: mredpopo
about 5 years, 3 months ago
What a classic photo. I'm replacing my original with your excellent improvement. Thanks!
Posted By: christianbest
about 5 years, 3 months ago
awesome. I love this universe stuff.
Posted By: bizlur
about 5 years, 3 months ago
Very cool! You should clean up the ultra deep field image now. :)
Posted By: abhiiii
about 5 years, 3 months ago
Nice! I modified the original image for my liking, here is the link if anyone wants to look at it:
http://img185.imageshack.us/img185/7465/horsehead2560x1600.jpg
Posted By: tijgerke1983
about 5 years, 3 months ago
Just beautiful! Would appreciate some more if you have them :-)
This comment is rated: insightful
Posted By: animeinme
about 5 years, 3 months ago
A very CLEAN and REAL universe photo. Well done!
This comment is rated: insightful
Posted By: mrshock13
about 5 years, 3 months ago
When I got onto the site, I was thinking I wanted a new space picture, and what was the first wallpaper I saw? This one! Great job with taking the NASA photo and making it more wallpaper-esque. The colors look great, very clean looking picture.
Posted By: benrobb
about 5 years, 3 months ago
It's been said before, but this is really great work. Well done.
Posted By: lerch84
about 5 years, 3 months ago
the nebulas are breathtaking..awesome photo!
Posted By: Aldous
about 5 years, 3 months ago
This is awesome. Please make more backgrounds like this!! This website needs more space shots. The Tarantula Nebula would make a great background.
Posted By: zikman
about 5 years, 3 months ago
nice. I've had the original downloaded for a while and I used it sometime back, but this one is a lot better
Posted By: Hrag
about 5 years, 3 months ago
This kind of reminds me of the OSX Leopard default background, the aurora pink thingy
Posted By: Hrag
about 5 years, 3 months ago
overall its nice
Posted By: claytontullos
about 5 years, 3 months ago
You seem to have lost the nuances in the "waves" of the nebula. Good effort.

To see what I mean, look here:
http://www.noao.edu/image_gallery/images/d4/horsehead.jpg
Posted By: claytontullos
about 5 years, 3 months ago
This is how would have done the image.

http://claytontullos.com/images/horseheadwp.jpg
Banding is apparent at fullsize, the wallpaper looks good at 1680x1050

Minimum credit line: T.A.Rector (NOAO/AURA/NSF) and Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA/NASA)
Posted By: Four Symbols
about 5 years, 3 months ago
Excellent results, thanks for your efforts.
Posted By: Ezoxu
about 5 years, 3 months ago
Some different and I like it!

Am absolutely getting this!

Thanks for sharing
Posted By: Mac Man
about 5 years, 3 months ago
I agree with BJBProductions! this looks like leopards wallpaper!

http://thedailymac.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/10/space-desktop.png
Posted By: brizkit
about 5 years, 3 months ago
Nice edit! I'd say Leopard's wallpaper looks like the nebula (not the other way around), but hey, Apple is a tad other-worldly.
Posted By: stubulman
about 5 years, 3 months ago
Excuse my obtuseness, but to what noise and errors are you referring? Does the noise consist of nebular gases and particles? If so, then it isn't really noise at all. Yes, many times Nasa enhances their images for the purpose of clarity and to make more subtle features more pronounced. This image to me is akin to altering the Mona Lisa. This shot has been in wide circulation for some time. Just one old grumpy man's opinion.
Posted By: Ras
about 5 years, 3 months ago
@stubulman(/grumpy old man)

Why dont you just look at the original .. there is plenty of noise which is not gas or particles. Looks to me like lense flares (not sure what they are called in English) and in the upper right corner you can see the line where two images are concatenated.

Obtuseness not excused.

@chriscologne .. nice edit. Id love to see more of this kind.
Posted By: phantasm
about 5 years, 3 months ago
Win! More please.
Posted By: Atozzio
about 5 years, 3 months ago
Better than Earth.
Posted By: edgario94
about 5 years, 3 months ago
awesome picture. it looks amazing. heres one i did with one of those Nasa pics from there.

http://img17.imageshack.us/img17/5282/nebulaedited.png
Posted By: Blunty
about 5 years, 3 months ago
Amazing, way better than leopard's default background...
Posted By: zhuang
about 5 years, 3 months ago
i like it,more please!!!
Posted By: Mac Man
about 5 years, 3 months ago
I love you picture too edgario94!!

http://img17.imageshack.us/img17/5282/nebulaedited.png
Posted By: edgario94
about 5 years, 3 months ago
do you mind if i submit a picture from those of the website u gave?
Your picture looks cool,
ive never submitted one here do u mind?

do i have to put the credits too?
Posted By: Moshi
about 5 years, 3 months ago
This is just pure awesomeness!
Posted By: MattGranz
about 5 years, 3 months ago
That's it!!! From now on I'm having you clean my night shots!! Fantastic Job!
Posted By: refhat
about 5 years, 3 months ago
Wow!!! man keep it coming.
Posted By: sheepyoo
about 5 years, 3 months ago
Thanks so much I love the NASA photos but I can never get them looking good enough for a background, please keep them coming!
Posted By: axio
about 5 years, 2 months ago
I had your wallpaper as my desktop for a week, I thought it was great. I have now read some comments here (claytontullos/stubulman) and viewed the original. The original in my opinion is far far better! The nuances, detail and overall depth of the original is fantastic, and easily of good enough quality to be a desktop wallpaper without editing.

I'm also very surprised that you have omitted / deleted a major feature of the original. In the mid/lower left hand corner there should be a white nebula(?). So I'd have to conclude that this wallpaper has a big dose of 'poetic license' and is far too much of a compromise for the sake of a 'clean' image.

Keep it real!
Posted By: REPENT_OF_SIN
about 5 years, 1 month ago
God's nature

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