Orion Nebula, Year 2.
Last year when I seriously started astrophotography the Orion nebula was my first real target. Its bright. Its easy to find. And it looks really cool. However its also really hard to get a decent image of. Mostly because the stars that make up the Trapezium (the bright central part) overwhelm the more diffuse, dim outer layers. This was my second attempt, and due to a malfunctioning autoguider, shifting tripod and really cold temperatures it was limited to about fifteen 30 second unguided exposures. Still, its worlds better then last years shots. I've put the two shots side by side for easy comparison.