M1 - The Crab Nebula

This is the famous Crab Nebula. Charles Messier, mistaking this for a comet decided to compile a catalog of comet-like objects. This is the first in the list. This object is actually the remnant of a supernova which was observed by Chinese astronomers in 1054 AD!

Location:Gastonia, NC
Optics:C8 focal reduced to 1400mm f/7
Exposure:L: 18 x 5 min, RGB: 15 x 2,3,3 min
Camera:SBIG ST-7E
Mount:Losmandy G11