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M20 added to Summer Mosaic Project

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My Summer Astrophotography Mosaic Project Above: M20 and M8: Imaged Friday, June 14, 2013 & July 13, 2013 M8: 11 subs 5 Minutes Each totaling 55 Minutes M20: 24 subs 6 Minutes Each totaling 2 Hours, 24 Minutes My summer mosaic project is coming along with the addition of the Trifid Nebula in Sagittarius. As usual, I have done a crummy job framing up my subject! I have now lost the Cat's Paw Nebula in order to fill the frame. The next chance I get, I will be shooting the Cat's Paw Nebula area to fill in the gaps, and create a much wider field image. I had q…

Back in the Game – My New Mount!

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My New Mount Sky-Watcher Astrophotography Mount Above: NGC 7000: Imaged Monday, June 3, 2013. 32 subs 5 Minutes Each totoaling 2 Hours 40 Minutes Note: The above image was taken using my old mount last Monday.  After fighting with it for over an hour (mount shutting off, restarting, re-aligning 3 times!) I finally got it to work for one more night! I am officially back in the saddle again! My Celestron CG-5 issues had me a tad depressed about missing imaging time through the absolute best time of year. After the CG-5 was fixed in April, it quickly began acting…

Disaster! – Problems with Celestron CG-5 Mount

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Problems with Celestron CG-5 Mount Up until this point, my Celestron CG-5 mount has been very good to me. Despite what I have heard, it has been a quality mount, capable of 5+ minute exposures, no problem (with autoguiding).  Recently though, the power has been cutting in and out.  Last friday night, under clear, dark, moonless skies at the CCCA, I was forced to head home. Devastating!  The frustrating part, is not knowing whether the issue is the power switch, the jack, or the entire power board itself.  The only thing I know for sure is that it is not the ac adapter, as I have t…