Holding out for imaging weather

It has been a pretty frustrating two months. What is usually our prime time in astrophotography has seen heat and humidity with passing hurricane remnants. I am really holding out for nice conditions in October. My plan is to check out the Calhoun County Park in WV. The site is renowned for dark skies and is only 2 hours from my door. I am embarrassed to say I haven’t checked it out yet.

I have had the opportunity to test the AP Baader scope/SG-4 combination and it is working like a charm. I leave the scope and camera assembled in the carry case and simply attach it to the mount. Easily achieving pinpoint stars on the AP130 with 15 minute sub exposures.

I have also added some narrow band filters to the arsenal and plan on imaging a lot from my backyard. Currently planning on removing several hillside trees to open up below the celestial equator. Planning also for a NexGen dome in the backyard next summer. Also, a new scope has been purchased, but more on that later.

So, a lot is happening, just not imaging. The skies are simply too murky and humid, even for narrow band imaging. Many imaging projects are planned, hoping our weather breaks into a more early fall-like pattern soon.

Take care and clear skies!