I had a vibrate only alarm set on my Garmin. I planned to test the forecast. I used the "silent" alarm on the Garmin so the kitties wouldn't be confused and think it was breakfast time for them.
Yes, we are a multi-cat family. We have the furry kind of cats. And we have my Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope, which is a member of the catadioptric family.
Buzz. The alarm did its job. I dutifully went outside to check the sky.
It was clear. Nary a wisp of a cloud. Blessed with a clear sky.
I moved the car out of the garage into the driveway. I put the ramp down over the step from the house to the garage. I rolled the Cat over the ramp, through the garage, to its location on the driveway. Next, the observing table, on wheels, too. And finally, the chair. All of the equipment was out.
Ten minutes later, the Cat was leveled and powered up. Laptop was booted and USB cable attached to the Cat.
I looked up, ready to start the alignment. Gotta build a good model of the sky to be able to find objects.
This is what I saw. Horrors. Cloudy horrors.
|Hey! Where did the clouds come from?
I pointed the Cat at Mars and it was beautiful. Polar icecap was evident.
|Mars, on Fire, imager frame
|Mars, on Fire, another frame
I ran the imager for dozens of minutes, hoping to be able use "lucky imaging" to tease something useful out of the data.