A whirlwind trip to Maupin, OR.......130 miles from my front door. Neil and his friends picked a small, picturesque campground not too far out of town, and right on the Deshutes River. The skies were several magitudes better than home. The only problem was an occasional car driving by with headlights on high beam, and a train the lit up the sides of the hills. But we managed to deal with it with minimal of damage.
As usual, I had tons of problems with my equipment. The mount kept cutting out.....until we figured out it was the power socket on the mount. Neil took care of that with some gorilla tape. The rest were my usual issues with erratic guiding, misaligned finder, etc etc etc. Once I got everything working (with Neils generous help), it was already past midnight......so I had time for 1 1/2 hours of Markarian's Chain, and 50 minutes of M5.
Oh, by the way. It was bitterly cold! Neil and I ended up huddling around a portable propane heater, and something like 17 chemical handwarmers. Still, it was fun observing faint objects in Neil's 16" and his friend's 18".......a beautifully handmade Dobsonian reflector!
34 subs and 3 minutes per sub. ISO 800 Guided.
25 subs at 2 minutes per sub. ISO 800 Guided.
Orion 6" imaging Newtonian
Orion ST80MM Guide scope
Celestron CG5 mount
Canon 350D (unmodified)
Orion Starshoot II color guide camera
Captured in Nebulosity
Guided with PHD guiding
Aligned and stacked in Deep Sky stacker
Processed in Photo Shop CS1