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Friday, April 16th, 2010
Started setting up at 9pm.   By the time I got the scope polar aligned, and then 2-star aligned, all the wires and cables hooked up and an object in the field of view of the camera [11pm] , a high, hazy cloud bank rolled in and ruined any thoughts of a decent image.
 
At that point a friend showed up and we spent the next couple of hours tinkering with my autoguiding settings in the scope menu and PHD guiding.   By the time we were done the scope was guiding pretty good.....until a cloud rolled over our guide star.
 
So, all in all, it was a productive night in terms of getting some practice with the setup.  No images.......save for about 4 two minute subs of M13.   Now all I need is about 56 more of them.
 
Early in the evening, I set my wife's camera on a tripod and took a photo of Venus & the Moon with a con trail thrown in.
 
Canon 350D:  2 second frame, 55mm at f/3.5, ISO 800
 


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Venus Moon Con Trail 4 15 10 b
   

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