After a month of clouds and rain I finally got out last night to test out the clubs new StarlightXpress SXVR-H18 camera. The camera is loaded with a CFW with LRGB, Ha,OIII & SII filters. Additionally it has an OAG with a Lodestar guide camera. The package is relative small but amazing light for all its complexity. With Jim and Les by my side we mounted it onto my Tak FSQ and after an initial concern of whether or not the filters were in the right slots I started imaging in earnest.
This is 10x30m subs using only the Ha filter. A set of 10x2.5s flats were taken with a Gerd Neumann elp and only 1 dark was taken. The temp was set at -20 but as warm as it was last night I believe I was pushing the limits of the cooling. Later this week when it cools off a bit I plan on taking more darks because I find the image to be a bit noisy.
All in all I feel it was a very successful test image and the club will be glad to have such a fine instrument to image with.