I live in Minnesota and winter has been brutal even by our standards (finally hit 50 degrees ABOVE zero. Last time that happened was Halloween!). Last time I had the observatory open was January 6th. So Friday night, the skies were finally clear with no chance of clouds and the weather was not trying weed out the weak. Naturally, the moon was just a few days past full but I didn't care-the observatory roof was going open. I was also hoping I could remember even how all the equipment worked and if it survived the brutal cold.
Anyway, fired everything up and to my relief everything survived (coldest it got was -37 deg F). Picked NGC 3596 and started the imaging run. Nothing spectacular (the nearly full moon caused some light bleed in the image that I had to process out) but it sure was fun to get everything going again. Operative word-fun. My images are not going to win any awards but I do it for my own personal satisfaction.
NGC 3596-taken with a C11 at f/11.3 (3220mm) carried on a MI-250, ST-8XME, AO-8, 12 x 10 min subs.