Well, here it is a month later, I've still not seen Catalina, though I blame most of that on the spate of rain and clouds we've enjoyed lately. But recently, I've taken to step outside the predawn hours when "nature calls" to check on the planetary conjunction. This morning was the last chance to see Venus and Saturn less than the moon's-width apart for the last time, and when I ducked out at 6:05, I could see it through a hold in the clouds!
Now I take lots of images to support this blog - over 1700 in December alone, mostly for the Kitt Peak sunset chasing trips, and that doesn't count the hundreds more taken with my secondary camera of Melinda's. But at 6 in the morning with my sleep-addled brain, I was making every mistake in the book as the inexorable movement of the clouds blocked my view!
|Image Stabilization and Spagetti-Os!|
|Everything finally set - oh-oh...|
This morning I look at the results. The image that looked out of focus was actually stars that looked like Spagetti-Os! The IS had "hunted" and completed a full circle during the 10 second exposure! The best exposure was that shown above, the second taken before noise-reduction was turned on. Total time from first image to last was only 5 minutes, before the clouds moved in... If I had only known what I was doing! Just another demonstration that astrophotography is a little different animal than normal imaging!