Not a bad night.
I am still struggling a bit to get my polar alignment dead on. Again tonight, I was getting quite a bit of drift from frame to frame. Had to drop a few frames due to tracking errors. I need to slow down a little and force myself to do the fine adjustments until I get it right.
Conditions were quite good. Seeing wasn't great, but only a small amount of light haze. It is only strongly evident in the shot of M51. I could actually see the Milky Way as a slight brightness.....something I can rarely do from my location.
Celestron CG5 mount, Orion 130mm short tube f/5 reflector, Orion StarShoot II color camera, processed in Paint Shop Pro Photo and Photo Shop Elements with Carboni tools.
NGC 891: 40 minutes Finally, it came into view at a reasonable hour. I have been wanting to image it for months.
M51: 43 minutes Hands down this is my personal best image of M51.
These are my first attempts at processing the data. I think they can be further refined, but I will post these until (if and when) I am able to improve on them. Seems to be no way to avoid star bloat and blown-out galaxy centers.....not with my camera.