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Sunday, October 16th, 2011
 The skies cleared for awhile at sunset so I setup the scope and photographed M57 at prime focus of my Celestron Edge HD 9.25" SCT. This was my first attempt to take guided photos at prime focus. Once I got the polar alignment set, I pointed to M57, chose a guide star and took a series of 30, 60, 90 and 180 second exposures. Here is the best picture I ended up with consisting of the following:
 
14 Subs of 60 seconds each
Canon modified XSi at 1600 ISO
PHD guiding software, BYE capture
 
 
 
The evening was ended about 10:30pm when high clouds moved in making guiding very difficult.
 
 





Comments:
On 10/18/11 at 05:51pm Larry wrote:
Thanks for the nice words. Guiding wasn't all I had hoped for that night and had high thin clouds but for a first attempt at prime focus on my scope I was satisfied. Glad you enjoyed it.

On 10/18/11 at 08:25am West wrote:
One of my favorite sky objects. This one I love because I can see the color through my telescope with my eyes. This is one of the only objects I'm able to do so with. I have horrible eyesight, lol.

My girlfriend gets upset because I've seen the star in the middle and she hasn't been able to yet. Only once... but once more than her, and that's all that matters right? ;)


Great shot though!



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