First Light-ish

Tonight I made my first photos using my new tracking mount for my camera. Alas! I live in the heavily light polluted skies of suburban Houston, so I could only do 30 second exposures before the image got too washed out. I also don’t really know my way in image processing, yet, but here are the results! Click the images to enlarge them.

Sword of Orion

Pleiades

Hyades

Because of the short exposures, there’s no color really visible except a tiny bit in Great Nebula.

Tonight’s outing was really just a test run to familiarize myself with the new equipment, so even though the images are lackluster I am pleased with the result.