Location: Downtown Portland NE, OR
This is my first night ever doing astro-photography, and because I'm a newbie, I decided to something easy (joking I don't know what I'm doing) and I choose Saturn and take a single-shot picture of my favorite planet with a Canon 40D. :)
After messing with the alignment for a looooooooooong time, I finally found Saturn. It was always up there, but I just could not find it. I was using a planetarium software to assist me learn the sky. Stellarium was not connected with my mount yet, so it was mostly for finding my bearings around the sky. And what a beautiful freebie this software is.
I REALLY wanted to see Saturn big, so I put a 2x Barlow at the 5" Mak-Cas, then I attached a telextender tube to the Barlow and I put 21mm EP inside the telextender tube, and then I connected my Canon 40D to the telextender tube. I did a rough calculation and I was operating about x270+/- magnification. OMG!!! It was SO difficult to put Saturn in the center of camera. I was using the Liveview function and I could barely see it. Then, I touched the focuser with my BIG fingers and the image would go flying out of my FOV. It turned out to be a very frustrating process.
After a lot of tweacking, I finally got my first astro image: