Well Kevin, you lucked out my friend (some benefit of being Irish I presume). The clouds were just moving on when I woke up at 3 a.m. Transparency wasn't great with some very light high clouds for part of the imaging session, but that was after I got some rock solid collimation. Fog clouds literally moved in at the very end of my last imaging sequence. The fog clouds are really rare here. I count myself extremely blessed that I was able to get the imaging in. If this was like most scenarios, I would have everything set up with collimation and focus, and fog would have rolled in on my first imaging run.
So to you Kevin, you can now rest in peace! I of course don't mean 'rest in peace' as in death, but hey, you know what I mean. In any case, may God bless you with 10 times the clear imaging I just received. I will now like your comment again.
Seeing was one of the better times too. The Poisson Point was continuously visible, but it did move around quite a bit. So perhaps a Pickering of 5.
Maybe you get less haze due to the altitude out/up there in Colorado, but even when everything else looks REALLY promising forecast-wise, it's often the transparency which does me in.
Sure hope that wasn't the case for you!
Transparency wasn't as good as normal Grant. That is a bit unusual for Colorado in the morning. Transparency is usually one of the best qualities of our atmosphere here (visibility is usually well beyond 100 miles), but seeing and thermal changes are an entirely different matter. Today both were pretty decent.
...I have now "Liked" your Post #3 aero...because although it gave me a chuckle when I first read it yesterday as a response to Kev's "overcast" comments, the fact that he was probably right has made me more sympathetic towards you & less sympathetic to Kev's own situation! (all written completely in jest, as was Kev's comments also I might add!)
Thanks for the well wishes Darryl! Things came through in the long run. I have been inspired by how tirelessly you work to get your images in challenging conditions, so I really put lots of effort into collimation, focus, and getting the right histogram.
Here is a preliminary test I did to double check the proper AP size (turns out to be 48) for my lunar imaging with the QHY-183C. I think it looks promising and should be representative of my capture of the entire moon in 5 panels.
Edited by aeroman4907, 21 August 2019 - 09:15 AM.