I made a boneheaded mistake last night.
I have had my mount set up in the backyard for the past week imaging almost every night! I bring my scope and camera inside every morning, then cover the mount with a Telegizmo cover.
So last night I setup, turned the laptop on, and recalibrate the mount in Phd 2 guiding. I wasn't too happy with my guide rms from the night before. I was waiting for my primary target to rise high enough to image . There is a huge wildfire about 40 miles away. I could see the haze in the sky reflecting the Phoenix light pollution dome. I thought to just abort the whole idea of imaging.
Then when I looked to the south, the sky looked a lot less hazy. So I figured why not capture an object in the area. I chose the Prawn Nebula in Scorpius. Figured I would get an hour or so on this target until my primary target ( The Cocoon Nebula) had risen high enough out of the smokey haze.
So I ended up getting an hour on the Prawn Nebula, then skewed over to the east a bit, and captured an hour on M20. By the end of those runs at midnight, the Cocoon Nebula was high enough to start capturing 5min subs until it . Awesome I can now get another 3 hours on it! Slewed to Deneb to focus, slewed to the target, plate solve, get the guiding going, beautiful total rms averaging .7 !! Started the 3 hour session. Went to bed.
Got up this morning, brought my laptop and scope and camera inside. Popped the USB drive into my processing computer to check the subs in Blink, awesome tool in Pixinsite. No where to be found!!!! I had forgotten to direct all of my data onto the USB drive. So last night was a total loss. Maybe it was a sign from the imaging Gods. Maybe through all that smoke from the wildfire my subs were not that good anyways.
Don't you just love this hobby.
Edited by elmiko, 24 June 2019 - 10:06 AM.