|I had a long, eventful night at the CCCA Observatory this past Saturday.
I wasn't even planning on going, as a heart-breaking defeat of my
Toronto Raptors at the hands of the Brooklyn Nets was fresh on my mind.
I started packing up my astro-gear at 7:45pm. With the sun setting at
8:05pm, and a 45 minute drive ahead of me, I knew I would be breaking
one of my own astronomy rules: Setting up in the dark.
By the time I arrived, it was pitch black, with only the stars and my
red headlamp to light my way. I witnessed some amazing views of Mars and
Saturn through my ED80 before setting my DSLR up for a night of
astrophotography. I forgot a key element of any astrophotgraphy imaging
session, my guide scope. Forgetting something at home that is essential
for imaging is always a frustrating experience. I knew my plans of
taking 5 minute exposures of the Seagull Nebula were ruined.