Springtime Astronomy

The Eagle Nebula taken with my Explore Scientific ED80 on Celestron CG-5 mount
The Pillars of Creation
Thanks to a few great guys at Astrogab, I now have a very powerful Action Set for Astrophotography.  I highly recommend this to any astrophotographer.  In light of my new software, I have been going through and re-processing a lot of my photos.

M17 - The Swan Nebula (Re-Processed)

The weather has been very warm for this time of year, and the skies have been relatively clear lately!  Now that I have got a taste of darker skies at the CCCA Observatory, I make the 40 minute trip out there (sometimes by myself... what a loner eh?)  just to get some more time invested into my astrophotos.  I took the image below of the Eagle Nebula from the observatory on the Friday night before the May Two-Four long weekend. (Cropped version at top of post)

I used my Explore Scientific Telescope with a Meade DSi II for autoguiding
M16 - The Eagle Nebula
21 x 240" ISO 1600

Stacked with darks

Orion Mini Guidescope
Meade DSI II
Canon 450d unmodded
Stacked in DSS
Processed in PS CS5