|8:00 - 9:00||Setup while darkness falls.|
|9:00 - 10:00||Drift Alignment|
|10:00 - 10:45||Mount alignment, target acquisition, guiding setup, filter setup|
|10:45 - 11:45||Imaging|
|11:45 - 12:15||Putting it all away, work tomorrow.|
This isn't practicing astrophotography, it's practicing equipment assembly.
Now I understand why all of my acquaintances who have developed some level of skill in astrophotography have permanent installations of some kind. Time for an observatory. It won't change my poor skies into good skies, but it will change my 4 hours of free time into 3.5 hours of useful astronomy.
I spent the winter of 2008-2009 looking at options, knowing I wanted:
This article is the journal of the project.