I went up to Haleakala yesterday to take sunset photos(see previous post). I also brought my Explore Scientific 127mm carbon fiber triplet refractor telescope and my Celestron CGEM mount. It was pretty cold and a little windy, but the sky was perfectly clear! I was a little disappointed, since the tripod/CGEM mount alignment was a bit off (user error), which meant the tracking was also off. What that translates to is that I couldn’t take any photos through the telescope (star trails). I finally got the Orion Nebula (also known as Messier 42, M42, or NGC 1976) into view and focused. I decided to take a chance and take some photos of it. To my surprise the tracking wasn’t that bad. I couldn’t take minutes long photos of M42, but I was able to get some 10 and 20 second shots. This is a single 20 second shot.