Getting to use the astro kit

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I’m learning how to take better astrophotos.. This photo is of the current setup that I’m using for taking star photos. I’m using a Celestron Onyx 80ed refractor (black scope on the bottom) with the Canon 600d, with a field flattener and Astronomics CLS clip-in filter to take the actual images. To guide, I’m using my IKI 70ed refractor with a recently sourced Synguider self-contained autoguider, which sends corrections to my new Celestron AVX mount that I got before Christmas.
Wednesday night I tried to take lots of sub images of M51, the whirlpool galaxy. All looked good, the first night out with the guiding setup. I forgot about dew, and I had a layer of ice on the lens.. Still managed to get enough images to do this

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I’m currently taking pics of the Horsehead, and also pics of comet Catalina, so we’ll see how those turn out after I get them from the camera and process them.
It’s nice to take advantage of the first clear nights in quite a while!
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