It's Been A Long Time Coming
but we finally got some great clear skies. With the wind coming from the Southwest it helped with the transparency and thankfully didn't effect the imaging. My G11 was holding to scopes that night, my NP101, and my friends AP130. I used my modded Canon Xsi (450D) with an IDAS LPS-P2 filter controlled by Backyard EOS @1600iso. I captured 16 images of M42 using my Tele Vue NP101
The Great Orion Nebula
I had captured 16 images of M42. 4 x 5sec, 4 x 30sec, and 8 x 330sec. I didn't take any Darks, of Flats. The first thing I did was to open all 16 images into CC Camera Raw and adjusted the colour balance, vignetting, exposure, contrast, and blackness. I also did a quick crop to clean up the edges. The next step was to open all the images with Photoshop CC. Using Statistics, under scripts, I stacked all 16 images together. I have tried this before but never had results like this. I couldn't have asked for anything better, I was blown away. This was my first time using CC, and man was I impressed. The next steps where my normal processing techniques. I used "Color Mancers" Boundary Noise Reduction to clean up the noise. I highly recommend it, It is free, and I haven't seen anything better. When I look at this completed image, I have to say this is my best image yet.