Back in the driveway....
Tonight I setup both the visual gear and the imaging gear to try and catch the stars before the next few days of cloudy nastiness. Wasn't really worth it though.
I could hardly use the visual gear because the moon was too bright and the seeing wasn't very good and worsening as the evening went on.
The moon was pretty spectacular as usual, but it was boiling and only decently defined at low power.
The imaging gear was a concern to me because of a bonehead mistake I made. At the star party this past weekend when I broke down at 5am or so and stuck my scopes with the cameras in their focusers in the car - facing the east window - with no caps because of the dew. When I woke up a few hours later I realized the sun would have passed right where the scopes were facing. Tonight was my first chance to see if I blew out my camera chips. Thank goodness everything was fine.
In my testing I ended up shooting M92 for an hour. Poor seeing, a fuzzy halo around the moon and brighter stars make for a pretty limited image quality, but I'm still very pleased with the shot. The relatively bright small fuzzies in the shot are 16th+ magnitude PGC galaxies. In the bottom right next to the tight star pair against the edge of the image is 17.8 mag PGC 2225108.
In the corner shot you can see at least a dozen distant 15th-17th mag galaxies, the brightest of which even have detail! Not bad for shooting from my back yard.
Scope: Vixen R200SS 200mm @ f/4 w/Vixen R200SS Coma Corrector
Mount: Orion Sirius EQ-G with GoTo
Guiding: Meade DSI Pro and PHD Guiding
Guide Scope: William Optics ZenithStar 66 SD
Camera: Canon EOS 20D (unmodified)
Special Settings: None
Exposure: 1 hour - (12 x 300s)
Processing Software: Acquired in Nebulosity, Stacked in Deep Sky Stacker, Levels and Curves in Photoshop
See Gallery below for image