thanks for the reply and comments. I was unaware of the 50 being poor at astro, I just needed some serious aperture to gather light in 30 sec. That was all I had, I was happy with my result, its not a printable image, but It was neat to see the galaxy, I've never done that before.
As far as number 7, I totally agree. I wish that thing wasn't there. I still am really happy with the image, but the tree does hurt it. I was in a rush and it was nearing the end of day so light was going away. The family doesn't want to spend an hour at one spot like I would. More like "lets go, we got to eat" lol. But enough excuses.
thanks again, I love water
got some more coming from Oregon soon.