Mid January 2021. A few clear nights allowed some more fun exploring the southern sky with the new ZWO ASI294MC Pro camera when connected to the 8 inch Newt in the observatory. Mostly the usual bright objects. It's interesting to compare these EAA results with the earlier ones given by the outdoors GStar-Ex3 / 6 inch Newt. combination. Although the new setup compares favourably with a larger field of view and much shorter exposure times the downside is that the 8 inch is pier mounted and is therefore not suitable for external outreach purposes. So it looks like the older combination must continue to serve when and if public viewing sessions are resumed.
Comparison of views delivered by the old and new camera / telescope combinations.
A couple of days later a clear night allowed another session with the Eta Carinae Nebula - this time taking a number of images to make up a mosaic. Makes for an interesting comparison with the images above.