This is my first CN share! One year into the hobby--it's been a dizzying spiral of course, from the first time I hooked up my DSLR to my 5SE and achieved focus on the Moon, then comet 46P/Wirtanen, M31, M42, M81... Like many beginners I bit off more than I could chew with a large scope and modest mount combination, but every challenge and frustration has proved itself part of an extremely rewarding journey, no regrets.
In April '19 I dredged up a blotchy mess of an M81 long FL photo but was nonetheless proud of it. Here's M51 12 months later with the same scope and mount:
Finding a proper black point has always eluded me; a light glow is nice and inviting, inky black is beautifully striking. C&C welcome.
Thanks to the CN community for providing an invaluable resource.