This shot was made on a recent night with poor sky conditons, and using my new Orion Skyglow Imaging filter with my Canon 350D. The Skyglow Imaging filter gives a nearly neutral sky background with an unmodified DSLR.
Thin clouds destroyed about half of my shots of this object on that night. What was left were 21 three minute exposures at ISO 800, none of which were free of interference from the thin clouds. I was pleased to be able to get this image out of what I thought was going to be a wasted night.
The telescope I used was an 8" f/4.9 newtonian reflector at 1000mm focal length. The odd multiple diffraction spikes were due to tree branches impinging on the last four frames - normally I would have tossed those frames out, but decided to keep them this time due to the interesting effect.