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Thursday, May 28th, 2009
 Spent the evening at Neil's house.   You need to move your scope around to image different areas of the sky and avoid trees, but the sky is quite dark and no street lights and porch lights to contend with.   The views were more than satisfactory until some high thin clouds rolled in after midnight.  Then there would be partial clearing before another wave rolled in. 
 
Despite a computer crash, my mount binding up, and the clouds, I was able to get 4 different imaging runs, and I am not to disappointed in them.  They aren't great, but they are definitely an improvement over the majority of the images I obtained with my old mount and camera.
 
M27 is only 19 frames at 30 seconds each.  M57 is 12 frames at 30 seconds.   NGC 4565 is just 18 frames @ 40 seconds.   M63 is 47 frames at 40 seconds.
 
Celestron CG-5 goto mount
Orion 80mm short tube refractor
Orion Starshoot II CCD camera
 
While the moon was up, I got my first view through a Bino-viewer on Neil's 16" Lightbridge.  Wow!! What a difference 2 eyes makes.   I wouldn't have believed it if I hadn't seen it......just amazing detail, even on a night of average seeing.   Saturn wasn't bad either, although the seeing went from good to bad and back again on a second by second basis.   I did manage to see 4 of Saturn's moons during intervals of good seeing.   I'm sold!   I need a bino viewer!
 


Image Gallery For This Session
M27 5 28 09 d M57 5 28 09 b
M63 5 28 09 FSat NGC 4565 5 28 09 d
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Comments:
On 05/30/09 at 09:52pm Barry wrote:
Thanks! The mount only has one flaw.....me. Yes, NGC 4565 is a cool photo subject....even my wife liked it, and she is a tough audience. LOL

On 05/30/09 at 09:16pm Jeff W wrote:
Thats a nice set of shots there. I especially like the ngc4565 one. That mount seems to be working out ok. Keep up the good imaging.

Jeff.



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