We had a fantastic time observing and imaging at Fredericksen Meadow this past weekend. In a full demonstration of the depths of our telescope junkie-ness, at one point we definitively counted 9 telescopes for 4 observers. Attached is the first set of really nice data I was able to capture over the week, a Hyperstar image of the Crescent Nebula. I plate solved the stack of images as part of my post-processing and Maxim DL counted just shy of 40,000 stars in the 2.5º x 1.5º field of view. Getting the nebulosity to really show through all the clutter of the stars was the most difficult task in processing the image, but I'm pleased with my end result. We also hunted the Crescent down visually with both a 15" Obsession and a TEC 140 refractor. It's a much easier object to capture photographically than it is to see visually, that's for sure!! Not too difficult in the 15", but I'd have to mark it down as a "maybe" for me through the smaller refractor - a testament to my lack of visual observing skill more than any comment on the telescope. In fact, after viewing Saturn through the TEC 140 this past weekend I can now say I understand what all the fuss is about when it comes to APO refractors. Enjoy!! Mike Object - NGC 6888 - Crescent Nebula Telescope - Celestron 11" Edge HD operating at f/2 via Hyperstar Guiding - QHY5, Vixen ED80SF and Maxim DL Exposure - 20 x 2 minutes (40 minutes total) with QHY8PRO camera and Maxim DL Calibration - Stacked & Calibrated in Maxim DL (flats & bias, bad pixel map, no darks) Post-Processing - Photoshop CS5 - Levels & Curves, Minimum filter <http://www.flickr.com/photos/ewwwtopia/5903066024/> NGC6888 <http://www.flickr.com/photos/ewwwtopia/5903066024/> by Mike Wiles<http://www.flickr.com/people/ewwwtopia/>, on Flickr -- See message header for info on list archives or unsubscribing, and please send personal replies to the author, not the list.