Welcome to Cloudy Nights!
I started out just like you, and I had some success:
Open clusters can make for good targets for short-exposure, untracked imaging. Maybe some of these will give you something good:
Most of these were rather poorly processed -- I had little idea of what I was doing at the time . (And even today I'm still learning...)
- NGC 869 and 884 (Double Cluster)
- Hyades Cluster
- Messier 35
- Messier 45 (Pleiades) -- It's hard to go wrong with this one
- Messier 46 and 47
You might be able to get something of the Flame Nebula, but yes, the Horsehead may be a bit out of reach. It's pretty faint. But hey, you can always try!
Best of luck!
Pardon me for not using forum features properly, I am using a forum for the first time.
I have already shot M35, M45, M46, M47 and double cluster to varying degrees of success.
I will retry double cluster again, as I had shot it when it was very low on the horizon and was quite inexperienced (I still am, just not as much as before).
M45- I tried it at both focal lengths. At 300mm there was absolutely no nebulosity visible. At 75mm I had tried framing it with the California Nebula. The framing did work, but after stretching the image to the limits there was very small nebulosity present in M45 and California Nebula was nothing more than a smudge.
M35-The shot I took was alright.
M46 and M47- Same as before, passable but nothing spectacular.
I'll give a go at Hyades, but to be honest, it never seemed too interesting to me. It really sucks to so be limited. Even 60s exposures through narrowband look so great (I've been processing some Telescope Live data to understand the process).
Thanks for the suggestions!
Edited by _.lightworks._, 10 December 2023 - 10:10 AM.