So, last night after shooting the moon I attempted this region. Circumstances weren't favorable; a bug moon to start with, and high level clouds to interfere with the image as well. Anyway, I wanted to take a test image of the region so I knew that when the time was right and I had better conditions, I could jump straight into taking a more decent image. Anyhoo, picture is below.
My flat images were terrible, so you can see some vignetting. At ISO800, the core or Trapezium region of M42 is just a white blob. I read that you can take shots at ISO400 and blend them with ISO800 shots to get around this, so I will try that next time. You can barely make our the Running Man, but a longer exposure should fix that. Still, through clouds and moonlight this is an okay attempt.
- Nikon D40
- William Optics 66mm Petzval mounted atop LX200 with Milburn wedge
- 35*30 second exposures @ ISO800
- Stacked in Deep Sky Stacker
- Slight sharpening and curve adjustment in Photoshop
- Noise reduction in NeatImage