I am liking my new 130mm f/5 short tube Newtonian
. It is turning out to be a good little imaging scope, in combination with the CG5 mount
I didn't get set up until almost 11:30pm. The sky looked okay, but by the time I quit at 2am, it was already turning a light grey, and dew was forming. Again I stayed in the Cygnus area as it was nearly straight overhead.
M27 the Dumbbell nebula: shot 50 subs @ 30 seconds per sub....discarded 4 subs. 23 minutes, unguided
I think this one came out pretty well.......definitely my personal best M27. I did the processing quickly at 2:45am. I think more careful processing could bring out additional detail.
NGC 6946: shot 60 subs @ 40 seconds per sub....none discarded. 40 minutes, unguided
This one is significantly better than my first attempt at this object.......it is a bit of a challenge. You can just barely see a hint of the core in a 10 second exposure.
The bad news: The stars are still blown out blobs, but at least now they are mostly semi-round blobs, as opposed to grossly oblong blobs.