Here is a recent image of M17 taken from the dark skies of our cottage.  Click on the image to see an earlier attempt, click again to return to this image.
Object M17  Object RA 18:20.8 Dec -16:11
Exposure 48 minutes (12 X 4 minutes)
ISO 1600
Camera Canon 60Da DSLR
Optics Prime focus of a 200mm SkyWatcher f/5 Newtonian reflector with a Televu Paracor for a total focal length of 1150 mm

Marion Bridge, N.S.

Processing This image was processed entirely in Images Plus. Calibration, stacking, ArcsinH initial stretch, gradient removal, SMI processing, feature mask to split into nebulae and star images, multiscale decomposition used to sharpen the nebula, masked halo reduction then images recombined. Image binned for web display.