Well I finally got a clear night that wasn't too cold and got my first image. It's close to a full moon but since I am in the learning stages I'm too not worried about that, just learning to use the camera. There were some hurdles that led to very satisfying "ahaa!" moments. I took some shots of the moon first then switched over to DSOs but couldn't get anything on the screen, then remembered I should probably put the .5 focal reducer in. Still, nothing, went to Vega and noticed it was waaaay out of focus.
Of course you Moron!! Put a focal reducer in and it's gonna change things! I refocused and did a precise GOTO on M57 and what? Is that a faint image of a ring? Increase exposure from 2 seconds to 4 and yep! then to 8 and it's even better! I did some live stacking and saved some captures of the live stacks and now need to figure out DSS. When I went to open the files at first they are FITs files and my laptop didn't support that, but I have since learned that DSS does that type and have downloaded it.
I did see a really cool thing, while I was just observing 4 second captures a meteor flew by but I wasn't fast enough to hit Snapshot before the next capture happened. I also need to learn to do the darks and flats etc.. Anyway, sorry for the long rant. I'm just really tickled that I am finally make some progress and I feel that i am starting to understand some stuff.
__________________________________________ Ken James - Snake Valley Australia CAMERAS: Samsung SCB-4000, Mallincam Xtreme & Xterminator, 3 different Revolution Imagers, 2 ToUcams, SX-5c, Canon 350d, 2 different IMX224's (an RI & RT) and an RT178. Broadcaster on NSN as 'Snake Valley Australia' HERE --> www.nightskiesnetwork.com/ - Video Astronomy Website: ballaratman.wix.com/videoastronomy