|North America Nebula, Nikon Z7 II, 300mm/f4|
By far, the best part of it all wasn't the radio-activity or the astrophotography - it was simply the being there. Alone, at night, under a clear, star-filled sky.
The Milky Way was prominent from horizon to horizon immediately after turning off the car's headlights, with my eyes not yet dark-adapted.
Maybe that's a significant appeal of this new astro-photo bug that's bitten me and I'm only just now starting to realize it.
The photo obtained is my least-favorite in the new-to-me genre but that doesn't diminish the experience a bit. I thoroughly enjoyed myself.
The photo is of the North America Nebula (NGC-7000). That other redness east of "Florida" is the Pelican Nebula. In other words, blobs of interstellar gas. Galaxies impress me; gaseous clouds, not so much. But the technology required to capture them - that piques my interest.
The new auto-guider works, and works well. I was able to make 3-minute exposures with not a hint of elongated stars. By itself, the tracker is only good for 60, maybe 90, seconds before stars start looking like the commas in this sentence. Add an autoguider and new possibilities emerge.
It works like this: