11pm Wednesday - 3:15am Thursday:
What a pleasant surprise.....no major mishaps and no major malfunctions. Everything pretty much worked at advertised.
Tonight's target: The witches broom of the Veil Nebula (NGC 6960) in Cygnus. Polar alignment went perfectly, and the scope was tracking as accurately as I can remember....so good, I couldn't believe it.
The sky over my driveway was extremely hazy......especially toward the west and south. I would have to rate transparency at 3/5 at best....maybe 2/5. Seeing seemed to be pretty good and nary a cloud passed by.
Conclusion: I NEED A Ha filter if I am going to continue trying to capture these faint nebulas. I guess I could have tried my Oxy III, but I didn't think of it.
6" f/5 imaging Newtonian
CG5 GT mount (unguided)
Canon 350D (unmodiefied)
Captured in Nebulosity
Aligned and stacked in Deep Sky Stacker
Processed in Photo Shop Elements with Carboni tools
2 1/2 hours..........
91 x 60 seconds plus 29 x 120 seconds at ISO 1600