I built the lid shown previously but it was too heavy. I didn’t take the weight of the paint into consideration and I used an entire gallon of paint on it as glue. I was surprised too. I need to be able to lift with one hand while raising a wall and it was too much. So I free cycled it to someone to use as a slightly elevated platform. The new lid will forego the plywood and be Foamular, possibly 2″, skinned with canvas. That should reduce the weight by about 80 lbs maybe more. I hate the wasted material but there was nothing to do about it.
Here are two images from Saturday night at the River Ridge Observatory. Both were shot with a monochrome camera using red, green, and blue filters and a 9.25″ SCT. Each color was picked from the best 50% of about 3000 frames (30 seconds of video). Stacked then aligned and combined in Photoshop. Jupiter was shot with 10 millisecond exposures while Saturn required 50 millisecond. Saturn was barely above the trees and I should have waited but frankly it is near the southern limit of its journey around the Sun and doesn’t get too high. Jupiter was just past the meridian. I may work with it some more when I have time, the raw footage looked like it would be better than this.