OK .. here's the skinny. Been offline for a few days, as y'all can probably tell. But here's what's happened:
Fridays results were, quite frankly, shit. Due to the CCD being around 2.5mm on a side, the object of the shot (in this case, was Jupiter) stayed on the fov for about 3 seconds, so I had issues even focussing the scope, let alone shooting anything good. Also, due to my wee bucket needing collumation I was getting focal and exposure issues from the sides of the image to the center. So not a good night Friday all in all.
However .. some other things have happened .. first off, my good friend Eddie has long-loaned me a Dell laptop - Eddie! I love you man, in that bromance way :) Then on Monday my new camera arrived and it's a lovely little beast - have to give thanks to Fab and Sarsha for buying my Lumix so I could afford the Canon. So the other night I got the CHDK kit loaded and had to go have a wee lie down.
Granted the 80IS is not an SLR .. but it now has most of the functionality of one - seriously, with the hack you can use the damn thing as an e-book reader if that's what you want to do. It gives you control over everything! And I mean everything - focus, aperture, exposure, timelapse, RAW format saving (both average and sum), remote firing and a whole lot of other things besides! So I'm now learning how to use the hack basically and am pretty sure that my astro shots will improve somewhat :)
So then today, my 2x Barlow lens arrives! :) So now my focal length is effectively 2400mm :)
Now all I need is for the skies to clear - seriously, we've had one good night in the last 3 weeks! First clear one I get, the cam+hack is getting a workout!