Another clear night, so another chance to get my scope out.
For whatever reason, I couldn't get the auto-align working tonight. I gave up after the 3rd attempt and just manually pointed it up somewhere around where the Andromeda galaxy is supposed to be. Pegasus was easily visible and served as a good guide. I looked around the area, and caught a faint fuzzy blob. I could barely see it even using the tricks of not using the middle of the eye and moving around it for motion detection. I looked at and around it for a while, but couldn't see anything else interesting in the immediate area. So I thought I'd see if a long exposure could bring it out.
As it was so high in the sky, I couldn't mount the camera on the rear port so had to use an eyepiece adapter. I dropped my camera in and... blank. Oh, it's also a bit of a shock to see how bright "black" is on the screen. I knew the focus would be out, but I couldn't see anything to focus on. So I moved the scope to the brightest thing I could see (probably Capella) and used that to focus the camera in live view x10 mode. I swung it back to where I saw the blob and managed to find it again in the viewfinder. With a remote release I tried some manual shots. Blank. Erm, maybe up the ISO a bit? 3200... nothing. 12800. That's better. Took about 10 seconds to see anything half brightly, but the motion was leaving a trail at that duration. And as I didn't get the alignment working, I didn't have any tracking at all. So I went to the last resort - 1 second exposures on continuous, and worry about combining them later. Idea is this is short enough not to significantly trail, while hopefully getting some data I can extract later.
After a but of tinkering in Paint Shop Pro 7 and Photoshop Elements 7, following is the result:
1325mm f/13 ISO12800, Ten 1s exposures manually aligned and added. Greyscale created from green channel only to reduce the glow from light pollution in the red channel. Slight crop then resize.
I'm a long way from Greg's works, but still, it's a first. I think I need to do two things to get much better with what I have: I need to go somewhere darker so I can see much of anything. Then I need to get that alignment working with wedge.
I have been pointed at a public accessible location on top of a hill, with car park, about 30 mins drive from where I am. Apparently it's far enough out to not suffer too much from light pollution too. Think I'm going to have to try there next.