Still, the one-minute exposures I used for this image were pretty severely bloomed; here is an example:
Fortunately, my DeBloomer cleaned things up very nicely. I combined 17 of these one-minute images for the luminance, and 8 RGB sets of 30:30:30 seconds binned 2x2. I tried 30:30:60 seconds as well, but the uneven exposure made the blue stars too big, and they dominated even more than they do here. Didn't think that looked very good - there's some value in taking equal exposure times beyond just the conveninece.
Color balancing was difficult, but the dark skies showed my some things I didn't know, such as the area of red nebulosity at lower right. I'm guessing, but it looks to me as though there is some dust between us and the blue nebulosity in that area, including across the blank area of sky at lower right. A much deeper exposure would be required to find out for sure.
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