Last night I had the first chance in awhile to do astrophotography and the first time to use my hypertuned CGEM courtesy Ed Thomas. Great job on the mount Ed! Now I am getting used to adjusting all the parameters again since the mount moves so easily in both axes and responds much better although differently than what I am used to.
As a result I am not satisfied with the guiding as I was still learning the best anti-backlash settings and guide rate to use. But anyway, thought I would share the results. Here is the triplet:
And here is the Black-eye Galaxy:
These images were taken through the Celestron 9.25 EdgeHD using a Hyperstar lens at f/2.1. Guiding was through the Astrophysics 80mm guidescope using SSAG and PHD. The triplet consists of 10 subs of 2 minutes each and the Black-eye consists of 15 subs of 2 minutes each. Flats, darks, etc used with the lights in DSS and lightly processed in Photoshop CS2.
Once I get the parameters right for the drastically improved performance CGEM, I plan to redo the Black-eye at prime focus.