First light (sort of)

I wouldn't normally feel happy posting an image like this but it is first light for my new apo which arrived yesterday. As the weather forecast for the next few days isn't very promising I couldn't resist giving it a try despite a full moon, murky sky and gusty wind. I pointed it somewhere near M51 and fired off a few 5 minute exposures. With the moon not more than 20 degrees away it was a bit optimistic as the enclosed sub reveals! It is quite a lump to add to my already well burdened mount (see photo) so the balance needs sorting again before the guider can be expected to perform well....Image details: 4x 5minute exposures with CLS in DSS & CS2.

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