Finally! After what seemed like months and months of work (4 weekends about 5 hours each due to the weather).
The new roof has been completed and had its first night-time roll off and imaging session. /<insert Muppet flail here>/ BTW, it works great and added 15 degrees to my northern view (although some would say there is nothing to image in the North, but I digress).
My accomplishment is a personal triumph akin to the Great Wall, the Taj Mahal, and the Pyramids. At least in my mind.
So after the successful roof launch, I aimed my camera and voila! An image appeared. After such a long time, I wasn’t sure that everything would still work, but it did. Now if I could only remember what I took an image of. If you can help, I can provide at least one hint: it is an NGC object in the Northern hemisphere beginning with a 6. That should narrow it down.
Then I went south to a more familiar object, the Triffid nebula. I still don’t know what a triffid is other than a science fiction novel I read when I was young.
I finished the evening back in the North with the veil nebula (a classic).
I think these are pretty good single shot, non stacked images with only minor color correction applied. When I get time, I’ll run them all through the astroimaging process and they should be a lot better.
But for now, muppet flails all around!
– Ex astris, scientia –
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