FWIW I'm much more impressed with your photo taken through a $200 telescope then I am with those taken through multi-thousand dollar telescopes.
YES, exactly right!!!
Good job, jlandy!!!
Please continue to post some of your photos here. I very much enjoy viewing them and reading your posts. Thanks.
Thanks Bob! This is pretty much the only place I post them (I started a gallery on the AstronomersWithoutBorders website too).
Now that I can catch pictures without the 2x barlow in the way, I should be able to take full advantage of the fast optics. M31 is going to be my first go, followed by M45, and maybe the Helix Nebula as a stretch goal. It feels like I have a completely new but totally familiar telescope on my hands!