M13 - Processed with DSS (Deep Sky Stacker)
All of you were right about the processing of my first DSO (M13). In my quest to get a dark sky, I had clipped a bunch of information, including making the image B&W.
I was fortunate to spend last night with Neil, and we spent some time on image processing.
One of the things, we looked at was the processing of the M13 DSO that I shot on 5/23/09.
I don't have Photoshop, but still I manage to get all the DSS parameters wrong (even when Neil has developed a fantastic guide). I ended up clipping a lot of information in the image. Neil and I sat and we laughed about the most basic mistakes I had made, including making the image B&W. :)
So, we went into processing the original RAW image again, and although you are not supposed to use DSS, I don't have Photoshop, Neil used DSS to balance the image. He did not spent more than 5 minutes, but the results are awesome and clearly different in compare with the M13 image I posted originally.
Here you have the results:
Thank you all again for your feedback and encouraging words!