General: Although the seeing was good, there was gusty wind, and transparency was awful. I took 43 images for the luminance layer, keeping only 12 for the final image.
LRGB: 120:60:60:60 (All channels consisted of unbinned ten minute images).
Equipment: Meade 12" RCX400 at f/8.5, an SBIG ST-8XE camera/CFW-8 color filter wheel with Astrodon filters, guided by an SBIG AO-7 adaptive optics device, guiding at about 9 Hz (luminance) and 6 Hz (RGB).
Image Acquisition/Camera Control: CCDSoft V5.
Processing: All images calibrated (darks, dawn flats and flat-darks) and registered in CCDSoft. All layers average combined in Ray Gralak's sigma reject program. Lucy-Richardson deconvolution routine applied using AIP4WIN. Color combine in Photoshop. Very gentle unsharp mask applied to the luminance layer, and adjustment of curves and levels, performed in Photoshop 6.0.
Location: All images taken in my yard in Redmond, WA, USA, elevation 500'.
Date: Luminance images taken on the night of August 7, 2005; RGB taken on the night of August 6, 2005.
CCD Temperature: -20C
Moon Phase: New moon
Image Scale: .8 Arcseconds per pixel
Seeing: Variable; 1.9 - 2.3 Arcsecond FWHM in single calibrated images.