A 10 second exposure of Vega and surrounding stars.
Its probably not too sensible to try to image one of the brightest stars in the sky but I thought if I couldn’t image Vega (Magnitude 0) with my ATIK CCD camera, then there wasn’t much hope. The image was processed in Registax 6.
(I didn’t know this at the time but the first ever photographic image of a star was a Daguerreotype of Vega taken in 1850 – some 163 years before my first effort).
Overall, an encouraging start with my new portable scope. Pin-sharp and contrasty images. The Ioptron Mini Tower 2 Go-To mount is easy to assemble and has excellent tracking.
Observed some open clusters and my first ever view of Herschel’s planet Uranus – a green-blue dot.