First, during this third quarter (not finished yet) from july to september, I have observed 34 nights for a total of 210 hours. This is my all-time record - and I am recording my observing time for more than 23 years now!
Second, I reached 1334 spectra (58 in Halpha) waiting for validation - well, this is not critical but I kept the BeSS administrators busy! All have been validated now.
Third, including those spectra to be validated, I just passed a key milestone for Be stars with more than 10000 spectra in BeSS. Just few days after Olivier Garde ("sans rancune", Olivier!) crossed this milestone as well... :-)
Fifth, my observing time since I have the observatory crossed the 500 hours observing time milestone. 54% of that time is actually acquiring spectra. My best efficient night was the night of september 19th with an efficiency ratio of 87% ("observatory open time" actually acquiring spectra).
Sixth, I reached one millions seconds of total exposure time since I have the observatory in the backyard.
seventh, and this is a real improvement for me, I reached three night in a raw observing remotely from home. But I still have sometimes the Atik 460 frezing at the end of an exposure, usually right after the first Thorium-Argon calibration or the first acquisition after calibration is done. It freezes after download and image is not saved; I have to physically remove and reconnect the USB cable to make it work again.I suspect a USB issue but haven't found the problem yet.
Otherwise, my only operations at the observatory are to connect the Atik Titan USB, remove telescope cover & add the anti-dew cover, power ON the Atik 460 camera and the mount at the begining & just the reverse steps at the end. Everything else is done remotely through TeamViewer (including file transfer at the end) and it works great.
An important thing is that I have done a pointing model for the Losmandy Titan mount with about 7-8 stars few weeks ago. Since then, the target is always in the guiding chip for GoTo within 40° and otherwise not very far. Pointing procedure has become very easy. I always point on the same side of the pier so that helps. But still, this is a real improvement on my setup!
Anyway, while I still have some motor lags and need to re-adjust the DEC axis (I think it is too tight), the overall the setup works very well now and I have been able to take long sleep while acquiring long series of V442 And spectra for exemple.
watching Star Trek doculmentary during remote observation session
Spectroscopy of Be stars & remote observations rock!