So a combination of #lessimportantthings (clouds/illness/school days/a 6yo that refuses to go to bed/tiredness/clouds/family commitments/clouds/christmas/clouds) have resulted in no time outside since my Pleiades post way back when.
In the interim, my continued use of StellarMate to manage imaging has been tested to the max as the installation of “updates” have resulted in problems with wifi hotspots and GPS dongles refusing to work. Out of frustration I reflashed the Raspberry Pi with Astroberry – a free version of StellarMate, basically – to great success. The session on 20/01/2020 was flawless; no crashes or slowdowns at all. I may just stick with it, you never know.
I also had a chance to test my DIY Flats box comprising of a 130mm square EL (electroluminescence) Panel and a butchered drawer from a kitchen island trolley that was being replaced. Saved myself about £30, I reckon. 🙂
1st attempt at Orion Nebula. Partially processed cropped image.
40 Lights 50secs @ 1600iso
25 Darks 50secs @ 1600iso
DeepSkyStacker & GIMP
Canon 450D – Modded (IR)
Raspberry Pi 4b running Astroberry Server 2.0