Thanks everyone for the kind comments.
With regards to my comment on substandard skies, what I was implying was that the captures for this object were done in relatively poor viewing locations compared to some of the better locations we have here in NJ and despite some local astrophotographers I know locally that say its impossible to get good images from these particular locations (and also claim these places SUCK), I wanted to make known even with skies that are less than ideal, good images can be obtained.
My conclusion is that you really don't need really dark skies to get really good images. That's simply a myth. Of course, the Leo Triplet is a relatively bright object, and if you are looking to capture extremely faint dust and nebula, then yes, you do need the really dark skies.
The better locations in my area have skies that are around 21.0 - 21.3 typically as measured with my SQM meter.