So when your imaging run gets cut off early by ____________, what do YOU tell yourself to keep from getting discouraged?
Last night I spent an hour troubleshooting why, even though my guide camera and mount were both seemingly connected and controllable through MaximDL and my laptop, I was unable to get them to get the guide camera to move to the mount so I couldn't calibrate. I eventually created a mobile hotspot, downloaded PHD2, and was guiding in short order - and all this before the haze in the sky turned into a thick soup that wiped out all but the brightest stars and Mars...a night that I'd planned and packed to be out very late, and I was home by midnight. I think I got maybe an hour of actual imaging.
Oh - on top of all that I've gotten into the habit of shooting a time-lapse when I go out because it's easy and impresses my kids more than the astro-images. I flubbed focus on it, so I'm kicking myself over the bloated blobby stars (that can be seen until they obscured by haze).
Silver lining: Hey, I didn't even have to switch over to the backup power!
Or: Hey, it's not too late to get a beer!
Or: because the stars are out of focus, they're easier to see!