I apparently forgot to write this one up – I’m writing this entry a week and a half on, so I will likely miss some details. I’ll make it short, then.
I aligned, polar aligned, and aligned again, and things seemed fine, but tracking was terrible. Like, really awful. Guiding refused to work too, giving me error messages about non-orthoganality and the like. I finally gave up and just imaged Andromeda through the guide scope again. I’m still having this weird issue with it where it’s a lot brighter on the right side (maybe my flats are still bad?), but I got this neat image of M31:
M31 Andromeda Galaxy, Nikon D5300 on my Orion ST-80
79x30s, ISO-3200, no flat
I think that’s about all I got though. Oh well, consolation prize! And I left it set up for Friday night.