We had a fantastic time at Stellafane 2016. My first telescope mirror took second place in the small Newtonian optical competition!
This is my second or third attempt at imaging the Triangulum galaxy as an astrophotography target. I was finally able to get some sharpness and detail thanks to better optical alignment. It moves quickly out of reach beyond the trees so there weren’t many exposures to combine. This is a mashup of 30s exposures @ ISO 25600, 30s exposures @ ISO 6400, and 60s exposures @ ISO 6400 taken with the Canon EOS 6D DSLR. The exposures were registered and stacked in Deep Sky Stacker then processed with Adobe Camera RAW and Photoshop CS6. Within Photoshop the processing involved several fantastic plugins including Noise Ninja, Gradient Xterminator, and Hasta La Vista Green (HVLG).