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Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008
 I finally managed to get out and brave the cold tonight to give my imaging set up a test run after repairs to the mount, including a new hand controller.    The subject matter isn't too exciting, but I set up in the driveway and the only things viewable.......I wanted to keep it easy......were the Ring Nebula and M29 in Cygnus.    My view to the South is pretty much destroyed by the lights of Portland, and houses block the view to the East until objects are high in the sky.   I could have set up in the back yard, but the grass was wet.   I was going to attempt the "Running Man" in Orion, but I gave up before it climbed high enough to clear the roof of my house.
 
At any rate, I managed to capture the "Ring" and M29.   Not exciting, but it was a decent test.  
 
M57:  104mm NexStar 4se f/13, original Meade DSI with no focal reducer.   This is normally my planetary imaging scope with a webcam, but I wanted to get some scale on the Ring.   The focus could be better, but there is at least a hint of a central star.
44 subs @ 11 sec per sub.......it really needs 75 subs of 15 sec each.
 
M29:  80mm Orion Short tube refractor f/5, Meade DSI.    Better focus.   This is about as wide field as my equipment allows.   M29 is one of the Messier objects that leave you scratching your head a bit......not too impressive.


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M29 AT 1 M29 AT 1 label
M29 AT 3 M57 16 AT 3
M57 AT 1
   

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