Horsehead Nebula In Orion

I've returned to this beautiful stellar landscape after a year. Using CCDAutoPilot made a big difference because of the automatic focusing and better guiding, as well as enabling an automated meridian flip. This image is 8 hours of total exposure. 3.5 hours of luminance, 3 hours of h-alpha and 90 minutes of RGB data. The image was taken over 3 nights, November 9 and 10 and 12, 2010. You can compare it to my older image from December 5, 2009. I think this time out I got sharper stars and overall better focus on the nebula.

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