I am really interesting in imaging the Helix nebula from a Bortle 5 location in Southeast Pennsylvania with my Canon EOS Rebel T6 DSLR and a Pentax 130mm lens without a telescope. According to Stellarium, the target should be visible in the Southeast sky after sunset.
However, I am not able to use my star tracker at this time since I am waiting on my reticle illuminator for polar alignment to arrive from China.
I was thinking of taking about 300 2-second subs with some darks, bias and flats and stacking them in DSS. Would this give me a decent image of my target (this worked for M31)? I don't have a filter, nor is the camera modified.
I know this is a dim target, so i do expect some heavy post processing.