One week later, on 10/8, I imaged the Iris Nebula. It seems that everytime I've imaged this object in the past, its always been done during a bright moon. This time I imaged it on a moonless night. It seems there is a bit more nebulosity than I've captured previously.
After imaging the Iris, I thought I'd take a crack at Andromeda. I did not spend a lot of time on this, but it seemed to come out pretty decent.
On 10/9 I imaged 2 emission nebulae. The first is the Wizard Nebula, NGC 7380 in Cepheus. NGC 7380 is actually an open cluster, but it is surrounded by nebulosity.
This is a very dim object. I am surprised to have gotten anything at all from my light polluted sky. I used 3 minute exposures at iso 1600 with the Digital Rebel on this one.
Just after imaging the Wizard, I thought I'd try the Pacman Nebula in Cassiopeia. This image fared a bit better.
Although not as deep as I probably could have gotten with 3 minute shutter, I switched back to 2 minutes after imaging the Wizard. I just wasnt sure what kind of quality I was getting with the 3 minute exposures. I will have to attempt 3 minute exposures on this one sometime.
Then on 10/11, at 5AM I imaged the Horsehead again. I wanted to see the difference between what I could get at home versus what I got from Cherry Springs. I was surprised actually when I processed this one, as there really wasnt that much difference. I just wonder how much better my Cherry Springs image would have been had my mount been working properly.