After some very cloudy and wet weather over the small island I live on, we just got a 2 day break in the clouds.
Although I have already imaged this beautiful object approximately 2 years ago, I have a different DSLR now and wanted to compare the images.
I took 12 x 7 minute exposures using an unmodified Cannon 7D, 21 flat frames, 21 Bias and 3 Darks. I have recently learned that bias and darks are not required when using a DSLR……but old habits die hard. They were processed in Deep Sky Stacker and the final image was stretched and tweaked a little in PS.
The final image is shown below;
Below is a crop of the central region;
Below is the one I took 2 years ago with an older modified Canon 350D;
The telescope I used to take both images is a Williams Optics GT81 and guiding of the latest image was done using PHD2 on a Celestron CGX mount.
Below is a screen shot of my guiding stats should you be interested, not the best in the world but it’s all a work in progress 😉
Thanks for looking