Back in the fall of 2013, I had a decision to make. I had been into astrophotography for about a year at this point, and I already knew winter seriously put a kink into my astrophotography plans. My only telescope and mount at the time was my 8″ Meade LX90 on its fork mount. I had owned this telescope for 3 years at that point, and there were 2 things that were quite clear about it already that worked against me in the cold of winter:
- Setup took quite a long time, so I was frozen by the time I was ready to start imaging; and
- Once temperatures hit 0ºC and colder, the display on the handset controller didn’t work any more, making navigating to anything impossible.
I had to do something!