This image was taken with an 8″ F/4 Schmidt-Newtonian telescope. 32×6 minute exposures @ ISO 800 were used.
One of my better M51 images from back in the day.
This was taken with my Meade SN-8 and a modified Canon 350XT. I have three detail views from this. Here’s a close-up of the Owl Nebula. Here’s the detail view of M98. Finally, I have a detail view of a compact galaxy group called, Hickson 50. Those smudges of light are galaxies that are over 2 billion light-years away!