Nice image. I bet you can stretch it a bit further. Do you see any indication of star trailing or something else that might be making your stars slightly elongated?
A southern galaxy with the wind from the south and the portable dome shuttered on top and bottom door in place, some wind trailing. Also the 18" has the old worm driver motors and electronics installed that has a tiny backlash that gives Saturn stars, not in this session. The newer direct drive was failing before it did as the clutch knob was turning the rollers when tightening and vice versa causing the dual motors in the gearboxes to run quick causing problems with the motors and the electronics. This two months is the first time I have this drive with a CCD camera besides the ST-4 running off of DOS. The motor affected is no longer available and the driver chip/shift register will be replaced just for giggles to see if that operates the motor properly.
Meanwhile I got these other important stuff at home and at the DSS to get out of the way, including a health threat I have more pending tests scheduled to do later this week. That may disable me physically for awhile as doctors tend to do in my situation. As for stretching and smoothing, I tried that and it got too garish and/or too cottony as I seen with the other image entries here and elsewhere. I need more images of this here I can do at the DSS here. I have to do with this old camera and my two 1980's telescopes and mounts. Bear with me. Consider this object shown a challenge!
Edited by Joe F Gafford, 18 October 2021 - 03:32 PM.