Just to begin, I know this is not a great picture! The focal length is too much for the target, the telescope is badly in need of collimation, the field is not remotely flat, etc. What's actually cool about this picture is how easy it was to get!
See, after eight years of nothing but frustration trying to take pictures with a wedge-mounted CPC 800 I sold everything and started fresh with new equipment. I ordered a CEM25P, Redcat, ASI1600mm Pro, ASI290 Mini guider, ASIair Pro, etc. The ASIair finally arrived Monday (still waiting on the Redcat) and miraculously the skies clear for the night. So I set everything up with my old C5+ w/ f /6.3 reducer and gave it a go from my light polluted backyard, and OH MY GOSH what a difference! Polar alignment could take an hour or more in the past. With the ASIair it was just a few minutes to get within 13" error. Guiding worked pretty much flawlessly whereas in the past I would spend countless hours trying to get everything working. I'm just completely blown away by how much easier this is. I was ready to give up completely, but I feel like I have a new lease on things. I think this is the first time I was able to get lights, flats, darks, and dark flats all in one night. It's also probably the first time I spent more time actually capturing data than fiddling with equipment. I can't wait until the Redcat shows up.