I have been trying a new processing method for the processing of the images. This was 3 hours of images from Manitoulin each of 10 min subs and processed against 15 x 10 min darks. The image was taken with the FLT 110 and guided. The image was processed by preprocessed by dark subtraction alignment and integration. The integrated image was then split into RGB channels and each was processed individually. Once desired levels were set the image was recombined.
Bubble nebulae 31 x 10 mins
So the weekend has been spent in manitoulin and basically turning nocturnal. Friday after the drive was supposedly going to be foggy and it was believed that the probability of of an imaging would be minimal. Instead the skies cleared and the night was very very long. Friday night i images 1 hour on the cocoon as an experiment to test against the longer imaging session, The Cave nebulae for 4 hours and 10 minutes of the 21P comet. Besides the CCD I have east mid and west Milky Way data, and data for this image. the region encompasses the M8 and M20 objects as well as Saturn in the image. Saturday night was a long night imaging just one object more on this once i have new dark calibration frames.
It was at it closest approach on the 1st of April the same day that Ikea and BBC had the best April fool jokes ! On that day it will be only 13 million miles away and almost visible on the naked eye. The attached image was taken on the 1st of April between 9:45 pm and 10:15 pm. It is a stack of 10 1 min images at ISO5000 with 400mm zoom.