M27 - the Dumbbell nebula

More testing of the Vixen 260 I use on the 900GTO mount. It was taken on the 12th of May 2010, with an M25C camera and a .5 focal reducer in the optical train. An IDAS LPS filter was used, as always. The exposure was 9x120sec and the guiding, with an H9C in a WO98 was working well, but dawn was encroaching and I had to shut down. It needs more time, though this is bright enough to get a satisfactory result with minimal time.
The whole was acquired and stacked in AstroArt4 and processed in Photoshop CS2, with help from GradX and Noel's Actions.

The Great Globular Cluster in Hercules - M13

The image was taken on 12th May 2010 using my 8" Skywatcher Newtonian and Canon EOS550d. It's a stack of 19 30sec. exposures at ISO800, with dark and flat frames. This is my first experiment with flat frames and it hasn't been entirely successful as a gradient can still be seen across the image, probably due to the way I did it!
To the bottom left of the image is the magnitude 12 Spiral Galaxy NGC 6207, a recent producer of a type II supernova (SN2004A).

The lower picture is the same data, but processed in a different way, and shows that there are many ways to skin a cat, in fact with processing astrophotographs there are many hundreds, so the final result is very subjective and dependant on the photographer, though we all try to maintain the correct colour balance, unless doing narrowband work. Is processing a Black Art? well, certainly it could be considered an Art, the shade of black I leave to you.