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    Congratulations on the new observatory. We'll all want to follow how it goes when you get the new laptop. We'll also like to see the pictures.
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    I will take some pictures of the observatory itself and post them this week.

    I got things resolved, seems like it was a faulty power cord and not the laptop itself - the battery is completely shot in it, so it dies as soon as it is unplugged. I'm looking at hopefully picking up an ASI camera in the near future if funds permit after finishing the basement in the new house, and if I do I'm very intrigued by the ASIAIR, so hoping the current laptop will hold out a bit longer, lol.

    So I got out again last night and had a go at M33 - not the greatest capture, I think I lost focus during the session, it was very good to start with but seemed to get a bit off in later frames. Guiding looked really good for the first 54 frames, and then I had a couple frames where some clouds passed by and after that guiding was awful / frames were not useable.

    This was M33, 54 x 4 minute frames. When I get a bit more time I think I will try stacking less frames to see if it improves any, I know usually it is better to stack more frames but I'm curious to see if I can get a bit of detail out of the early frames when the focus was on - no real detail, but for a first go around I was at least happy to get pretty round stars - I thought I would have to play around for a few sessions to get a good polar alignment.
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    New laptops dont anger the cloud gods do they?
    Congratulations on the new observatory. Ordinary laptops do not anger the cloud gods, but astronomy laptops do!

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    Congrats on the observatory! Looking forward to the pics!!

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    Default Re: First night in observatory

    My dream as with many others in this hobby is to build a backyard observatory. I'm currently living in a close to impossible situation with each year that passes the neighbor's trees have been cutting off the views I formally had. Whether I move to a more rural area or stay in my light polluted tract subdivision, the key is to have enough backyard space where trees won't pose a problem. My wife is now OK with moving, for not the same reasons, but she doesn't like the idea of rural living like I do. My one concern is wild fires and we have had our share of them in Northern California. I'm absolutely sure we will not move to a forested location, that is asking for it. Except for one odd year, we are in our 7th year of drought and the forests are being attacked by a pervasive beetle infestation, adding up to prime conditions for continued wildfire danger. People still insist on going further into the forests, far from services and medical care and they have only themselves to blame if the worst happens. Besides that many insurance companies are backing off on rural medical service areas and home fire insurance is certainly going to increase and I expect on a large scale, between my wife's relatives and people we knew living in Paradise, CA., that totaled seven homes that burnt to the ground.
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