So far, equipment integration and set up are working smoothly. The Paramount MyT and TSX have greatly eased my frustration with polar alignment, and the camera add on for TSX makes the whole package just work…no fussing around…just imaging! For those questioning polar alignment without a polar scope with this mount, just get over it…it works! I like having all the mount control, camera control, and focus control under one roof. The fact that most of the setup and alignment can be done prior to astronomical twilight ensures no wasted imaging time! This run included testing of my new Feather Touch focuser using the Focuser Boss II Hub with HSM option. The through the mount cable run options of the MyT keep everything nice and tidy; more importantly, it keeps everything out of the way.
Now if the mount only included light pollution and atmosphere control options! Nonetheless, I needed data to start practicing the art of astrophotography and beggars can’t be choosers. Light gradients were prevalent in the subframes, and flat fields were not optimized. In spite of all this, I think I still pulled out a decent image of one of my favorite globular clusters. This image was my first go with PixInsight (which is a bit of a learning curve) and I need to find a way of dealing with blooms (the bright vertical bands seen on the brighter stars). Otherwise, I am very pleased with how things are moving forward, and I’m looking forward to getting to a dark sky site!