This is the Rosette Nebula. It is also home to the open star cluster, NGC 2244. It is the first image I've taken with my William Optics Z61. This object was low on the horizon in the city glow when I began. It's a little late in the season to be imaging this. Next year, God willing, I will revisit it!
I've decided to upload each major step in my processing evolution of this session. The first one was a bit too redish for my liking. I managed to get, what I thought, was a more natural look. Then I tried my hand at star reduction. You'll see some artifacts of the reduced stars when you zoom in, but I'm happy with it nonetheless. Finally, I decided to share the starless version as well.Click the images for larger versions
Taken with my ASI 183MC Pro, William Optics Z61, and GEM28 mount
Adjusted color channels for a more natural look
Reduced stars and increased saturation