First light with the Canon Rebel T3. Ordered a T ring and adapter, but until it arrives, I cant get anything close up, so I photographed the constellation Leo this morning. Was cloudy all night, and it appeared to somewhat clear up between 3 and 4AM local (EST). These images were shot between 0800 and 1000 UTC. The first image was of Leo, which i used 10 frames each 90 seconds in duration, and stacked in Deep Sky Stacker, which by the way, does a really nice job stacking these images. I used the camera control software that came with the camera to snap the frames.
The next image was taken using the above image. On a whim, I wanted to see if I could see the "Leo Trio" of galaxies. The quality is not great. Keep in mind, I used the 50mm lens, so there wasnt much magnification. I cropped the area in photoshop, then resized what was left about 3X. I did a little contrast enhancement, and also got rid of some of the background noise, and was able to discern 3 fuzzies in the image which I have labelled..
They are quite small, but as far as I can tell, they are indeed the 3 galaxies.
I finished up the evening taking a 2200 frame webcam shot of Saturn at 32 degrees to the South. The rings are definitely tilted more favorably this year than last, but the planet appears lower in the sky this year. I used the dob and 2X barlow (f/l 2400mm). There appears to be a wide, dark band in the northern hemisphere. The Cassini division is pretty well resolved.
Tonights conditions: Seeing appeared about average to good, Transparency was not so good, as I was watching the histogram changing as I was photographing Saturn. I did not use the light meter while photographing Leo. I let the bright stars saturate.