I attended the Cherry Springs Star Party 6/6 - 6/9/13. Actually arrived Tuesday night, 2 days before the start of the star party. Tuesday had the best skies of all of the evenings I was there. Wednesday night, clouds rolled in, and it rained all the way thru Friday. Saturday night the sky was clear again, but the humidity caused a very heavy dew to form.
While I was there, I bought my first real CCD, an Orion Starshoot G3. I actually wanted a small chip for smaller objects. Although I tried it out Saturday night, and was cut short due to the extreme moisture, I was able to shoot the Ring Nebula thru a red filter. I only shot 5 frames, and I was shocked as to how quiet the image was. Although the image is monochrome, the detail was quite good.
All images were shot with the Orion 8", f/5. This image of M57 were shot with the Starshoot G3 thru a red filter. Exposure length was 180 seconds. This was shot on Saturday night, 6/9/13.
The Tuesday night images were all shot with the unmodified T3, as I left the power supply at home for the 300D.