posted on Mar, 14 2017 @ 10:29 PM
So I waited and waited this evening and finally the clouds blew away. It was going on 10pm by then, and temps had dropped down into the 30's (will be
in the upper 20s later), blowing wind, very cold, can't find my heavy coat.
Went out there anyway to try my new mount out. Start a polar alignment and realized that my reticle isn't illuminated....so I pulled my pen light out
and attempted to cast just a little light at the end of the polar scope...ow......I'm blind! hehehehe.
I get Polaris lined up......have to be good enough as it's cold and I'm cold with only a light jacket, so I lined the camera up with Orion and took
several shots at 2 minutes.....don't have the lap top hooked up, this was a rush job. Got done, went inside and pulled the images from the SD card and
So I'm dropping the "F" bomb......stupid auto focus camera, I'd bumped the lens so it wasn't on the mark and didn't know it......
But then I realized something: this was a 2 minute exposure....no star trails! Yay! I got the new mount aligned correctly.
So I dithered and decided to go back out again double checking the lens focus this time. Unfortunately, Orion is getting closer and closer to the
western horizon and the huge and bright moon is rising in the east. I captured this:
In focus this time (no, tree isn't because the camera is moving with the sky). 55mm, f5.6 (stuck with that for now. I need to see if Magic Lantern can
override it), ISO 400, at 120 second exposure.
I'm happy with it because my mark for focusing worked, my hasty polar alignment worked!
Suppose to be crystal clear tomorrow night (all though colder). But I can get out earlier while Orion is higher up from the horizon and try some other
shots with it.