Nirvana is a dark sky location, where "OAFs go when they have earned enough observing karma". It is also known as the Irvine Lake Airstrip. Near Bon Echo Provincial Park. The site is a tidy 2.5hr drive from Ottawa at 45° 1'47.64"N 77°15'50.53"W and is in a cozy little dark sky pocket dew west of the city.
The evening sky showed exactly the right number of clouds.
When I left town I was unsure if I would have company so I brought my pal along with me.
|My pal Kayleigh|
I have had my scope for several years. The main scope is a Celestron C11, on a CGE mount with a William Optics Megres 90mm refractor piggybacked. Both scopes provide excellent visual as well as photographic performance. Either can be used for guiding while imaging with the other. It is a pleasure to have both together because the WO90's field of view is so generous compared to the higher magnification powers of the C11.
|Celestron C11 w/ Willam Optics 90mm on CGE Mount.|
The new toy, is the moonlite focuser with High Resolution Stepper Motor with MoonLite Mini Controller options. Software was changed up to
The CCD camera is the QHY8, which I have described in another post.
I admit I had a devil of a time getting my goto's to be as good as they usually are and spent a good deal of the time wondering where my objects were! After thinking it through the next day I'm convinced I must have not adjusted the balance well enough and it was the extra weight of the focuser throwing the slews off. I will be more carefull next time.
The end result of the evening was a single image of M27, an object I have done before. I was very pleased maxFocus, and MoonLite focuser was able to find focus better than I have ever done in the past by hand.
QHY8 at f/10 on C11 captured 15 x 200sec images for a total of 50min and were stacked in maximDL.
Autoguided with Orion StarShoot AutoGuider on WO 90mm.