Betelguese, Betelguese, Betelguese!

Single exposure shot in jpeg. Unguided 60 second exposure with Meade LXD75 SN6.  Canon Digital Rebel (300D) ISO 1600.  Diffraction spikes made with gaffers tape across the front of the scope.  I shot this as a focus test shot at the local dark sky site at the LBJ Grasslands near Decatur, TX last night.  Some fool forgot his Bathinov masks and had to use gaffers tape to make diffraction spikes for focusing.  I thought this might help some others and for this kind of target I think diff spikes can look pretty cool.

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