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KevS

Anybody Playing Tonight?

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It's clouded over here.   I've managed to get 50 mins of OIII, which is very useful.  I'm trying to get a feel for when it is worth grabbing OIII data,  and tonight's data is far better than last night's.  The sky didn't look any darker, and I started later - so there was probably more moonlight tonight, even though the moon has waned a bit.  Time and practice will tell.

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Not ahope of seeing anything here, misty and completely overcast above that, lucky if I will be able to see the moon.

Just checked....there is a very faint fuzzy glow where the moon should be.......😭

 

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Showers here and continuous cloud cover.

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It's a clear moonlit sky here currently and been thus for the past couple of hours, however, I haven't been able to use it....

Firstly I got my main imaging laptop back from the IT guy who was able to bring it back to life sufficient to recover the data, but he advised that the machine itself, whilst currently working, is really for the scrap heap, so I took his advice and have ordered a new replacement. I spent much of the rest of today getting all the data and various program installers off the laptop to external hard drives ready to set up the new laptop when it arrives....

Secondly about 2 hours ago I thought I'd head out to the obs and try some new adaptors to connect my QSI camera to my 4" TSAPO. Currently I have to take the camera down and change the face plate between a standard 2" T-mount and a wider USA  2.156" mounting when switching between the C14 and 4" APO. Last week I purchased a 2.156" x 2" nose for the QSI to make the switch straightforward, so I was hoping to use that tonight, BUT as I now find that there is insufficient travel in the 4" APO focus tube to get sufficient back focus for the camera and after rummaging through all my various fittings and adaptors I don't have anything make up the difference. What I have is either too short or too long, so I have just ordered something in between - hopefully next time, I'll have what I need....

Thirdly, frustration and generally tiredness got the better of me, so I shut everything down and came back indoors.

Sorry for the long moan, I will have an early night instead 😴

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