More images will be coming in the future, but I wanted to get one out now.
Why is that awesome? I suppose if you have to question it then you don't quite understand the addiction of astronomy and astrophotography. After polar aligning and all-star alignment I can control everything (except focus, and long exposures) via my computer. The long exposures I use an intervalometer so I'm not too worried about having computer control over that… yet, give it time and I'll want that too. Focus is another thing I'm not too worried about having computer control over… again, give it time.
Really the plus side to it all is that I wanted to have these abilities for astrophotography purposes, and for joininghangouts to share live views of deep sky images. Everything has tested successfully and I'm ready to participate in bringing galaxies, clusters, and nebulae to the public through the awesomeness that is G+ star parties. Now all I need is the skies to cooperate and rid me of these clouds. Of course the clouds came packaged in the cables I ordered since they are for astronomy purposes. They typically ship a minimum of a weeks worth of clouds for every astronomy related item you purchase.
winter is coming long exposure deep sky objects are coming to you live in the near future.
I also just ordered the Celestron RS232 cable and RS232-USB so I can us Cartes du Ciel for Goto controls of my CG5 mount.
Just about all the pieces of the puzzle are finally together. Only thing left on the big astronomy list is an observatory, but that is still a ways away from happening.
I use an Orion StarshootAutoguider (SSAG) as my guiding camera and a CG-5 mount, which I am attempting to control using Lin_Guider: http://sourceforge.net/projects/linguider/ I have successfully gotten the SSAG working to show me the stars it is imaging, but I still can't get the program to talk to the mount and send pulses. I can't calibrate or guide with it yet. This is the last thing I need to get working before I can be completely up and running in Linux, and finally be able to ditch Windows all-together.
I have been trying like crazy to get the computer to talk to the guide camera and mount, but I just can't get them to work yet. I'm probably missing something extremely simple.