Last Saturday I spent a very cold, but very dark and clear night at the RASC Observatory in Wellandport, Ontario. There were 4 of us that stayed the night, and I think every one of us complained about being under dressed! I began my night by shooting NGC 7293 - The Helix Nebula. I have never tried to shoot this object before, and to be honest, I didn't think it was possible from Southern Ontario. I ended up with about 2 hours on it, but I think I will need to double that to really bring out the detail. As you can see, my un-modded Canon 450d makes this object look rather bluish-purple.
NGC 7293 - The Helix Nebula
My main focus for the night was the The Pleiades. I imaged this object last year, and was relatively happy with it, but I have learned a lot since then! The details of the above photo (of Pleiades) are as follows:
38 x 210" ISO 1600 Totaling 2 Hours 13 Minutes
Stacked with 16 darks, 16 flats, 16 bias
Explore Scientific 80mm ED Triplet Apo
Orion 50mm Mini Guidescope
Meade DSI II CCD Camera
Canon 450d unmodded
Stacked in DSS
Processed in PS CS5
This one is surprisingly challenging to process, I will probably give it another shot once I have added more time. I am looking forward to re-doing Orion once it stays up for a little bit longer. Thanks for looking!