I thought it was about time to do a Journal Entry before it goes for too long. I've not been posting anything in a while but it does not mean that I have not been doing stuff.
To star with a bunch of new equipments has joined my sac of tools:
- QHY9 Mono CCD with motorized filter wheel and 5 filters (1 LPS, 3 color and Ha)
- 1 clip on Astronomic CLS filter for light pollution for my Canon 40DH. I've been gathering data on my baseline object (M51) for a few nights now...we will see what happens. It was a bit of a pain to figure out the white balance but I feelt that I found a good compromised
- I've been building a cool box for my Canon 40D. Neil inspired me to do so, right now, I'm at the point to figure out the front cover which it is tricky because protrudes on the flash and right side, but I'm experimenting with flexible material
- I have further automated using X10 technology the closing of my roll off roof in Portland Downtown. Now, the roofs shuts down automatically at a certain time (i.e when the imaging is done) which is great for those nights that I can't stay until late imaging because the next day I've to go to work.
- I've been learning about using my Skytools Pro version. There is another learning curve.
I ran into a nasty USB issue with EQMOD, PHD and imaging and I spent about 5 hours troubleshooting the right configuration, basically my PHD and EQMOD were hanging due to the volumes of data being transmitted. I don't know if I'm out of the woods yet, but I was able to image for 2 hours yesterdays with no glitches. And I was hoping to image tonight but passing clouds are making it look like a bad night.
Overall, I'm making progress. My roadmap is follows:
1. Complete one more clean night of M51 shots with no issues
2. Introduce Nebulosity into the picture for imaging. That will be another learning curve.
3. Finish my coolbox
4. Bring the new CCD into live and get ready for another huge learning curve
That's it for now. I'm certainly enjoying everybody's images. Keep them coming!