I was hooked. I knew now that I was definitely going to dive into DSO imaging, but I still had a lot to learn. I still had some funds in my budget, so I upgraded my scopes with MoonLite motorized focusers. The good thing is, if I upgrade to a different scope, I can just move the focuser to a new scope. I just have to buy a different mounting flange.
I was all set to start imaging…NOT! I needed a program that would allow me to control everything from one console. I had set up Astro Photography Tool (APT) for use with my DSLR. It was easily adaptable to my equipment and is user friendly. I got everything working inside the house, but the weather, in combination with my availability, prevented me from first light.
Frustrated, though I was, I continued my research and learning.