I set an alarm for 0130 to awaken me this morning.
Taking a peek out of the master bedroom window, I was encouraged by the lack of clouds in the sky.
The moon was still shining brightly, but was due to set at 0230.
Plenty of time to get the equipment set up before moonless darkness fell.
My plan was to lean back in my observing chair and watch the near peak Perseids.
While watching the sky, I'd let the imager run on a couple of selected objects. I wasn't planning a full session of imaging. I wanted to count Perseids.
After a couple of hours, and 40 Perseids later, I remembered that my ZWO ASI224MC imager came with an "All Sky" lens that I have never tried. If I planned it properly, it probably would let me capture meteor images. Perhaps, next time, though. I didn't have the proper software installed and 0430 is not the time to try anything new. Especially when sitting outside in the driveway.
On a lark, I perched the imager with the lens on my equipment table and attached it to the laptop. This is one of the images that I captured. I didn't spend a lot of time on it, so it's nothing fancy. It's a really raw shot. Focus isn't great. Hot pixels are evident. But, it is really representative of what I can see from my driveway.
|The View from My Driveway.|
While counting Perseids, I pointed the telescope at a couple of my favorite objects. I had not yet had the opportunity to see them in the wide field of the ZWO ASI294MC.
This is an image of double star that is very striking because the larger star is gold in color and the smaller is blue in appearance.
|Albireo - Diffraction spikes are pretty.|
NGC 7331 is an unbarred spiral galaxy in the constellation, Pegasus. While it is beautiful in its own right, I like it because it located in a region of the sky bursting with galaxies.
|NGC 7331 and neighbors.|
NGC 7331 is the "big" spiral galaxy in this image. Immediately below it are three smaller galaxies, to its upper left is another small galaxy. In the upper right corner of this image is a cluster of galaxies known as "Stepan's Quintet."