While no where near Paul Haese's superb shot of the same galaxy I was interested to see what my new system could do re tracking etc. I collected 30x5min subs and was happy whith the guiding etc using the QHY8 in 2x2 binning mode. Its interesting to see what a dark site and longer subs can do for an image re noise etc. when comparing / looking at Paul's shot.The histogram of my subs starts at past the 50% mark when shooting from my backyard - not exactly a dark site.
Allan this is definitely long sub territory. I think 10 minutes on a mono camera is about right or 15 minutes on a DSLR. I like your stars in yours and you have some nice detail too. Try the longer subs I think you will get something out of it.
Thanks for the kind comments, Paul and Peter. I agree a tough target and the need for really long subs and a lot of them. I desperately need to get to a dark site to do some of these objects justice - but love your shot, excellent.