M92 – Globular Cluster in Hercules
The Dark Nights are coming!
I never really thought I would be looking forward to the nights rolling in but, since being caught by the astronomy bug, dark nights are a thing to be cherished! So the last few months have been a challenge. With no true astronomical darkness in the height of the summer period, the opportunities to get out imaging have been few and far between. This has been doubly frustrating as I have been building up my collection of equipment to try and make things easier. I have upgraded my mount to an NEQ-6 which is a bit of a beast, but can take a larger load than the much flimsier (by comparison) EQ3-2. I have also invested in an ST80 short FL refractor as a guidescope and an ZWO ASI120MM camera to provide eyes on the guiding side of things.
I even got the go ahead to build a small decking platform in the back garden to make setting up easier.
I just haven’t been able to use them properly!
Still, I did manage to have a play just recently as the nights have been getting darker earlier and had a shot at M92. I’m not that happy with the picture as I need a lot more data and the tracking was a bit off (so it won’t be going into the gallery) but, like the arrival of rain to signify the start of English Summer time, getting any sort of decent picture is a sign of the improving conditions and, hopefully, this is the start of the new imaging season.
So, sticking my neck out, I shall say, “watch this space,” and hope to bring you some more pictures in the future.
But in the meantime, here is M92 – 28000 light years away from Earth. Pretty close really!