* note: If you are looking for great astro photos, you are probably at the wrong journal. LOL
Another bitterly cold night. Even the proverbial brass monkeys have enough sense to stay inside on nights like this.
I am definitely struggling to learn DSLR photography. Everything about the process is challenging.......especially when it is so cold. Everyting is more difficult... from setting up the scope to polar aligning to focusing. They all take care and patience, and it's hard to have much of that when your fingers are frozen.
Tonight I was fighting massive light polution. Almost every house on the street was ablaze with Christmas lights. I could barely see the stars. There was a lot of moisture in the air as well. I couldn't seem to achieve a good focus.....finally just gave up and started shooting anyway. I don't think the seeing was that bad, I think I was just too cold to do the fine tuning. Also, I am using what most people only use as a guide scope, as my imaging scope....but I am stuck with that for the time being.
The target for tonight was M33. The result basically stinks!
Orion 80mm ST refractor
CG5 GT mount (unguided)
65 exposures @ 75 seconds each ISO 1600