Vernal Equinox

Today is the Vernal Equinox and I have four fresh inches of snow on the ground. One week ago today I setup at Monument Rocks under clear skies. Wild weather.

New image: Markarian’s Chain. Click thumbnail on the right for larger version.

Last trip was not only a new location but the first using different pieces, parts and techniques in the field: ST80 guidescope w/SSAG and a new perl script to control PHD dithering and camera exposures. In addition, this week I used DeepSkyStacker (DSS) to stack the exposures. Highly recommended.