A big goose egg night as far as imaging goes, but very productive. My friend Neil came over and gave me a tour of polar aligning......using a borrowed Celestron CG5 mount. There is a lot more to it than I realized......not just a matter of pointing the scope at Polaris and hoping for the best.
The cloud cover was nearly 100% until about 11:30pm. It broke up long enough for some views of Saturn....quite nice......and for Neil to show me some tricks to test the seeing in my 12" Dob.
I got some bad video clips of Saturn, but they are too poor to even get a useable image from Registax. I am trying some new (free) software to run the webcam, and am having problems with it. I will probably go back to the software that came with the camera. It seems to give the camera far better sensitivity and control. I am also wondering if my 4" Mak is out of collimation. The images should have been better......the seeing was pretty good in my Dob.