Two months ago I had the opportunity to acquire a remote controlled observatory from a friend who is now in the final stages of setting up an observatory in Chile. The observatory is in a small hamlet in the southern Alps in France where the skies are really dark (SQM 21.6-21.8 typically) and where there are a lot of clear nights during the year.
On the rare occasions of me smiling, my mouth moves a millimeter or two. So on the picture below you can see I’m really, really happy.
And here’s the first light, the Pinwheel galaxy, or M101.
Telescope: 16″ f3.75 Dream Scope
Camera: FLI ML16803
Mount: ASA DDM85
Exposure: 67x5min L + 22x5min each for RGB
Date: March – April 2017
Location: Southern Alps, France