IC4685, Dark Nebulas, Belts, Lanes, and Dense Starfield

Maybe I should wait for the H-alpha data before starting on this dataset. The dataset was from a single night last year. This bright area allows a short integration time. The ultra-dense starfield is quite a challenge. I really don’t want to reduce the magnificent starfield – instead, I want to preserve the colors and brightness to show dense the stars could be when getting close to the core region of the galaxy. 

The closed-up details of IC4685 could be found from iTelescope.NET’s dataset, processed by Josep Drudis: https://astrodrudis.com/ic-4685/. Highly recommended.

Cheers & CS!