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So what's the excuse for such a grubby image then? Half the sky (towards the East) was clear at 6:00 p.m. but half the sky running north to south and covering the whole of the West was black and overcast. M82 was in the clear bit
Fired up the Hyperstar, did the 2 star align, autofocused on the second star and slewed to M82 - all going well so far. Took a single 30-second sub to check the framing (that's the image above) - great - M82 is dead centre. Now just need to get a guide star, get autoguiding, and get a load of subs. Autoguide setup playing up - yep, completely clouded out in those 10-15 minutes
So all I got was this 30-second setting up sub. But at least you can see the damn thing
Nexstar 11 GPS, 2 x Sky 90, M25C, MaximDL, Photshop CS3, Noel Carboni's Photoshop actions, 7 foot Pulsar fibreglass dome, Canon 40D, 100mm macro lens, 28-200mm zoom lens, 17-55mm f#2.8 zoom lens, 100-400mm zoom lens, 1.4x converter, 2x converter.