Messier 27 and the DSI
In case you were wondering,yes I am still here.I have been doing the normal life thing but,also I have been playing with a new toy that I was able to take for a test run last night.A fellow amateur astronomer/blogger was kind enough to give me a laptop PC!.In this day and age I was under the impression that kindness and generosity was all but lost in this world?!.So I would like to thank Peter from Top of the lawn and dedicate the image below to him.I must say,that having the ability to tweak the focus and keep the object centered on the screen was somthing that I was never able to do in the past.My normal LPI/DSI imaging sessions usually included me running up and down the stairs to my second floor apartment a couple hundred times a night.Doing this made for a long and tiring night with seemingly few images to show for it.Hehe,all of that has changed now.I set the scope up last night at around 8pm and was imaging by 8:30 under strangely dark skies…or at least darker than normal thanks to the renovations of the courthouse next door.I guess the city has finally realized that if nobody is in the building,then the lights don’t need to be on!.I didn’t tour much of the sky as I was trying to teach myself the different functions of the DSI controls.A ability that I was limited at doing before.One of the objects that I practiced on was M27 a.k.a the Dumbbell nebula.What a thrill it was to center in in the eye piece and then connect the camera and see it on the monitor!!!.The image below is my very first neb ever imaged with the DSI.It isn’t a very good image but,it is a giant leap forward in my attempts at CCD imaging!!!.Once again thank you Peter!!!.