The sky started out a medium grey, and got to a light grey when the moon rose in the sky. Light, wispy clouds drifted over......followed by a very heavy dew. I could barely see the constellation Andromeda, let alone the galaxy. The Milky Way.........as they say in New Jersey......forget about it. Normally I wouldn't have attempted any imaging on a night like this, but I was chomping at the bit to try out my new "bargain" reflector OTA.
* 130mm, f/5, Orion short tube (650mm FL), with rings, dovetail, finder, and two
Plossl eyepieces (give-a-ways). $125.90 including shipping
By the time I got all my gear set up and ready to go in the backyard, it was about 10:45pm. By the time I was all aligned it was nearly 11:30pm (I'm slow).
Because of the poor transparency (seeing marginal), I decided to aim at a couple of tried and true objects that I had imaged before. Considering the conditions, I am reasonably pleased.... although, all of a sudden I was getting a lot of drift from one shot to the next. Not sure why. Polar alignment looked good.
A. My new reflector at work: That isn't dust on it, it's dew. It was dripping wet.
B. M82 the Cigar galaxy:
55 subs @ 30 seconds per sub = 27.5 minutes
I think this is probably my best M82 to date.
C. M101 the Pinwheel galaxy:
35 subs @ 40 seconds per sub = 23 minutes
I needed way more time on this one, but the moon was just killing the sky.....along with the above mentioned haze, and moisture. I decided to wait for a better night.
By the time I packed up and went in......everything looked like it had just gone through a downpour. Dew dripping off of everything.