Two weeks ago (new moon) I drove 8 hours to a dark site.
I was going to shoot from two rigs left and right.
It didn't go as planned.
It was very smoky from the recent California wild-fires.
I didn't even set my main rig (computer-controlled with plate-solving, auto-focus and guiding) up since there was almost zero visibility.
Now I regret that I didn't set it up... : (
By midnight the sky cleared up and it was gorgeous!
I quickly assembled my secondary rig (DSLR, AZ-GTi, SynScan app and SkySafari, no guiding) - wide-field. And started shooting.
Next day was smoky again so I left...
A bit disappointing considering 16 hours of driving (round-trip).
I was only able to shoot one object - the Question Mark complex (NGC 7822, NGC 7762, Sh2-170, Sh2-172)
New object for me, so it was worth it after all.
AZ-GTi mount, modded Nikon D5500, Nikon 180 mm lens at f/2.8, ISO 400. IDAS LPS-D1 filter. 160 x 60s.
No flats, no darks, no bias. Processed with APP plus some Photoshop.
Not great but OK. Polar alignment was not perfect.