First light with Meade 115 Series 6000 APO Triplet

Submitted by jimwcoleman

This was my first night out with this new refractor. It took a while to get used to it. My alignment wasn't perfect so I had to limit subs to 30  seconds at ISO 1250. This image was stacked with Deep Sky Stacker and processed with Corel PaintShopPro. Three darks and 74 light frames, using a Canon 60D. 

This is NGC 6704, a rarely imaged open cluster in the constellation Scutum. It is very near other - more glamorous - celestial objects so it often goes overlooked. To really test out the new equipment, I wanted something with a dense starfield so this was what I picked out. Enjoy!