Thanks to my awesome wife, Bertha has a new pair of eyes. Well, one eye, really. She gave me a Meade DSI Pro III CCD camera for Christmas! My first photo with it tonight, stopping only to share my excitement, pour some wine, and eat dinner is to the left.The camera is awesome and so is the software that came with it. Although the moon is quite bright tonight, I'm going to try my hand at some other objects later.
The Autostar Suite software that came for free with the camera is really terrific to use. It has taken out many of the issues I've had with other attempts, including autoexposure and auto-stacking of multiple images. I slewed the scope to the moon and selected the area I wanted to image, and clicked "Start." After I manually focused, it took 30 images and stacked the best. Here we go!