A couple of nights ago conditions were perfect for imaging – freezing cold, crystal clear, and no Moon to worry about. Excellent! I am going to get a ton of data on little NGC1333 in Perseus. I do a two-star align on Capella and Aldebaran (close together so I don’t spend too much time on aligning) – focus up using the robofocus and off it goes, imaging away for 5 hours – brilliant! Next morning I check the data. No NGC1333 in the frame, in fact very little apart from stars, and an uninteresting star field at that, in the frame. By being lazy in the 2-star align the goto was actually way out, so I managed to end up in a region of Perseus with very little in it. I was around 0.1 degrees out in RA (which is recoverable) but 1.5 degrees out in DEC (which is not). 5 hours of perfect imaging time down the drain. Merry Christmas!
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