paulgrover68 Posted April 6, 2021 Share Posted April 6, 2021 April marks the 1st Anniversary of me diving into imaging. Although I've been doing astronomy on and off for many years, I always thought imaging was beyond my abilities. My first image was shot through my 200P-DS and was a pretty bad M101. I used a stock EOS50D with no filters, no coma corrector and very loose polar alignment. I could get to around a minute before drift and light pollution bit me. It's been a year of progress and setbacks - most recently a now resolved mount issue. A year on from that dodgy M101 I'm shooting 5 minute subs, plate solving and guiding (last year I thought plate solving was something the dish washer did) The winter season was a washout - I got a few windows, but spent most of my time under cloud. I was able to work on my 4th book, so I wasn't bored and still had something to get frustrated by. Learning how to manage long periods of poor skies, while staying motivated is a challenge in its own right. What am I hoping for in year 2? Well I have a new (to me) scope to first light and a second mount on order. I'm planning a 3-4 year build on an observatory. I have a list of targets. Some I shot last year, some will be new. I plan to go mobile - there is a field not far from me that will open up some northern aspects of the sky. Overall it's going to be a case of do everything I did last year, but do it better! Favourite targets of last year - M42, Rosette, M31, Western Veil in widefield and the California Nebula. Some of my favourite mistakes? Not knowing about meridian flips and finding the scope nudging the mount. Synching the mount badly and shooting a load of sky instead of the Flaming Star Nebula. Shooting with the Bhatinov mask in place. My all time favourite was discovering it gets light at 2am in July while trying to shoot m31. Most cool bit of kit - really tough, but probably my Altair filter draw (sad I know, but convenience...). Worst buy - Synscan WiFi Adapter. Would I change any of it? Not a thing! I'm super glad I found this forum. I'm a bit of a solo observer - I know no one locally who does this crazy stuff, so this is a great asset! Here's to year 2! 6 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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