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Ok here goes. We all started out as "noobs", wet behind the ears and wondering if this hobby is something worth getting into. There have been many "A-Ha!!!" moments and a lot of "$%@# er" moments. I think I speak for all of us, though, that we have learned quite a bit over the years (anyone remember CelestronLife?) and that we need to look back at the progress made. I'd like to share (and others to join in) my first images taken through a telescope. It was a SkyWatcher 8 inch SCT, UNGUIDED, on a CG-5 using a Nikon d40 and a simple IR shutter trigger standing outside with a timer and every 1-2 minutes pressing that trigger. So here is an image of M31 taken with a Nikon d40,Promaster zoom lens 70-200mm,CG-5 mount and120 sec unguided images:
and M42 taken with the 8 inch SCT, Nikon d40 and CG-5:
So lets not be too proud to post, it is important for folks new to this hobby to see how we all started. So lets dig thorough that shoebox and post some images from the grave!