On a roll after successfully taking my first ever image of both a deep sky object and of a galaxy last night, I downloaded DeepSkyStacker and stacked 7 images of M101 that I took at the time to give total equivalent exposure 40 minutes and then looked up on YouTube some great videos on processing to remove light pollution. I am very excited about the resulting photo as it showed star forming regions in spiral arms of the galaxy. Now I can see why so many amateurs find astrophotography so addictive! A bit more processing leads to new discoveries – it is like someone has massively increased the size of my telescope! Aperture fever here I come! Each new process in GIMP2 is like buying a new eyepiece giving new revelations! For those who have never done astrophotography you don’t know what you are missing!