Had some pretty good seeing conditions on Friday night and a big change from yesterday when I could hardly focus on the moon. Of course, after I had everything ready to go I flipped the power switch for my mount and got nothing, checked the connections and still nothing. Took the power cable inside and immediately found that the "hot" wire inside of the 12V power plug had broken. This is the second time I've had to repair the power cord on my A-P Mach1GTO mount (and believe me, I treat the connectors on that mount with extreme care).
After looking at what I might have to do this time to fix the cord I decided to throw out the original plug (really poor design) and replace it with a 10A-fused Philmore plug that I purchased probably a year ago at Fry's Electronics (for an as yet unfinished project). So, I soldered everything up and went back outside only to see that the sky was beginning to be covered by thin, high clouds. Fortunately, the seeing remained pretty good although I was actually imaging through some very thin clouds.
Taken using a 9.25" EdgeHD (prime focus, f/10) with an Astronomik Planet IR Pro 642nm filter and a ZWO ASI178MM camera. Processing done with Autostakkert! (best 25% of 512 frames), Registax, and Photoshop CC2015. This is a 1600 x 1200 pixel crop from the original 2452 x1516 frame.
Edited by james7ca, 12 November 2016 - 06:29 AM.