The Ring Nebula taken at Columbus on the night of 10/1/2011. I upgraded from a Nikon D3000 to a D5000 and added an autoguider. The difference is obvious. This is a 5-minute exposure stacked 10 times and cleaned up with a dark frame. Then further processed in Photoshop.
Omega done using my D5000 through an 80mm Vernon Scope refractor. Taken on 4/21/2012 at Columbus. Omega was a naked-eye object that night, it looked like a small cloud in binoculars. I don't think I've ever seen it that far above the southern horizon.