posted on Dec, 22 2017 @ 06:56 AM
Wonderful images from all of you, thanks for continuing to post them here!
I've been having a rough time of it myself with having the time, weather, and equipment breaking down.
My only wide angle lens has become just about useless. It's a Canon 18-55mm EFS. Gears for focus have become stripped out, and while you normally do
not use Auto Focus for star shots, the stripped gears have made trying to manually focus it darn near impossible, and the focus ring is so loose if
you breath on it, it will go out of focus.
Back on the 13th I went outside anyways to see if I could get some meteor shots. Saw plenty, but captured none. Would have been blob city even if I
had due to the bad focus:
Then the weather become rather cloudy and rainy. While waiting, I decided I would set up my tracking mount and use my 500mm lens to take some shots of
the Pleiades. Weather finally turned good and I spent quite a long time getting the mount polar aligned, only to have my first 15 second test shot end
up like this:
Turns out the batteries in my mount are dead. Sigh. So have to go to the store another day and get new batteries, only to have the weather go bad
Finally got a night in which the weather was not too bad, but there was a front moving in. Had just enough time to throw the camera on a tripod and
take a few frames quickly (15 second shots at 1600 ISO). I actually got the 18-55mm lens to work for a few frames:
I'll be glad when I can get a new lens, and when I can have some nice, crystal clear weather.