Ray (who so graciously gifted me a cell phone holder ) is going to be upset, but I promise that on a longer session, I am going to use that gift.
Just a quick one though.. Last night, I was responding to a post on the Cats forum where a guy has a C14 and is finding that it is becoming too much effort to use. I suggested he try to use some lifting straps to make it easier, but of course having owned a C14, I know that the total effort of this kind of scope makes it harder and harder to face the task of getting it out and then in again, and the OP of that thread had to bring the C14 down and up a flight of stairs.
Of course when I read things like that, I can't also help by offer NV as a possible future when the OP does indeed find that the C14 has gotten to be too much. I recommended that when that happened, he should consider downsizing and punching it up with a NV eyepiece.
After that, I was all hyped up, so I grabbed my Comet Catcher with its new (printed by me on my new 3D printer) light shield, which worked amazingly well. I have a lot of problems with neighbors lights spilling down the very short overhang of the Comet Catcher. (I can send the STL file.) I figured I would then go back in and post them so he could see what I can see (and I did post them in that thread).
Anyway, here are a couple of shots using my new Galaxy S9. My cheap Andriod phone gave it up during the holidays and I had been meaning to replace it anyway, so it was no big deal when the old one went for a swim.
These are heavily compressed to fit.
This one was taken with a 12nm filter, which meant a hugely shortened exposure time. ISO 400 and .5 second. Clearly the phone must have been slightly tilted becuase the right side is out of focus, though there is some FC in the Comet Catcher.
This one is 5nm. Far dimmer, but look at the amount of nebula in this picture!!! This one is 1 second and ISO 125. Now what I like about this image is that it very closely approximates the view at the eyepiece. There is a lot of faint nebula in this field.
For comparison, here is the Ha overlay from Sky Safari showing a slighly larger field (field size fom Boren Simon 6".)
Now I like both of these. The 12nm shot shows a lot more stars, but the 5nm shot really grabs the faint nebula!
Ray, I promise that I am going to try the phone holder! Kelly was asleep last night and I did not want to bump around in my man cabinet to get it out.