The problem with eastern Ohio this time of year are the clouds. All of the weather information says its clear out...but they didnt take into account I was going to photograph the sky. After taking about 10 frames of the California nebula, it decided to cloud up.
Believe it or not, even with so few frames, I was able to enhance this image enough to see the nebula. I couldnt believe how much I was able to enhance it.
This image was taken using the 300mm lens piggybacked to the 4 1/2 reflector on a low quality GEM. I used 2 minute frames, and was able to capture 10 useable frames between the clouds. I used an iso of 1600.
One thing that is interesting - When I was photographing, I couldnt tell if I had the correct star. I could not see the nebula in the individual frames. When I stacked the images in Deep Sky Stacker, then enhanced the contrast slightly in the basic processor in DSS, I was able to start to see it. The bulk of the enhancement was done in Photoshop. I used Lab Color and the curves to bring out the color. Considering what I was able to get, I think this one came out quite well.