My objective for this session was my first lunar capture with the ASI178MC.
I had put the Meade on the G11 on Friday so that I could take advantage of the next opportunity to shoot the Moon in color with the ASI178MC, and it paid off today.
It was about 44F when I went out at 1945. The surface winds were calm, but the seeing was below average. I’m used to that. It was 41F when I came inside at 2120.
The good: Set up, power up and acquisition when smoothly, and I was able to quickly acquire the target.
I shot several closeup, to include Clavius, Copernicus, Plato, Tycho, and a few others. Then I went back and shot a panel series that covered the whole disk.
The bad: I was tired and chilly. I didn’t sleep well last night and would have napped this afternoon if I had know that I was going to work at the scope.
The ugly: With the longer focal length Meade I was definitely able to see backlash in both axes. That a problem that I will reserve for a warmer night so that I can work comfortably at the scope for an extended period.