I’m happy to report that the flocking of my telescope yielded visible results. The contrast improvement under heavily light-polluted skies was enough to snag a photo M51 The Whirlpool Galaxy. This is my first successfully photographed Galaxy, and though it isn’t great I’m still pleased with the outcome. You have to take into account that I’m using nothing more than a modified DSLR+6″ scope on a computerized mount with no autoguider (meaning precise polar alignment was key). I hope to get better at this with practice, but for now I’ll smile knowing that I’m able to look at something 37 million light-years away with such detail.
Here’s a single frame shot (not stacked) of M51