|Clear! (it was about 20 minutes|
before this was taken)
I'm pretty happy with how this turned out. The autoguiding was working very well and I only have very minimal star training or "Twinkie" stars as I call them (RIP Twinkies - but know you will always be around ad edible). I was experimenting with a 30 day trial of some Canon EOS software that I think I really like a lot, it even moves the PHD guider software for auto-dithering. Pretty nice.
The photo is made up of 9 images taken at f/6.3, ISO 800 and 300 second exposures. My biggest gripe right now, other than cloudy skies, is the fact that it's been well over a year since I've done any serious imaging (I'm a serious believer in climate change!) since skies have just sucked for a long, long time. It's been so long that I've forgotten a lot of my processing skills that I learned. That's really annoying as I sit staring at hot pixels on the screen scratching my head and muttering through clenched teeth "how the **** do I do this again?!"
More to come? Sure, just a matter of when.