My first three images of the Horsehead. I did not realize what a challenging target it is, based on all the superb photos I've seen here.
First one was with the Sony NEX. Didn't really know where to point, this is a heavily cropped bottom of the frame. Had to stretch the image way past reason, but, I got the Horsehead!
Realizing the low far red sensitivity of the NEX was killing me, I got out the ASI120MM that will hopefully soon be autoguiding. And looked at images so I could starhop, necessary with the tiny 1/3 chip. OK, the artifacts below the Horsehead are gone, but it's more than made up for by the artifacts above. Not to mention the lousy focus.
Third is just doing everything a bit better, the biggies are focus, total imaging time, and the postprocessing (a triumph of experience over lack of skill). The LPS filter may or may not have helped, it was largely a futile effort to get less bloated stars. Not awful, something I could actually show my friends.
Details. Celestron C80ED, ASI120MM (cooling? we don't need no stinking cooling.), the sometimes maligned here ZEQ25 (the old man can't carry much). 80X30 lights, 10X30 darks, No flats (long story). Deep Sky Stacker, Corel Paintshop Pro (the bargain choice).
So, hang in there, things get better.
Edited by bobzeq25, 29 January 2015 - 12:47 PM.