The nebula was first discovered by Charles Messier in 1764, and lies 1,360 light years from Earth.
This isn't a brilliant image. The 10MPH wind gusts jolted my scope around while I was taking exposures, even though I had excellent polar alignment. Silly to have tried but oh well.
- 8* 1.5 minute exposures
- Meade LX200 8" F6.3
- Nikon D40
- Stacked and initial processing in Deep Sky Stacker
- Mild Sharpening in Photoshop
- Noise Reduction in NeatImage freeware trial version