It still works!
First thing I did after the computer was all charged up again?
Bought a brand new power cord. As much as I trust my ability with all things electrical, I decided I'd be better off with a new, non-sparking one, and use the original as a back up.
Also, I got a new toy for my Nikon. It's the fantastically, futuristically named 'ML-L3 infrared remote'!
With this new and remarkably inexpensive piece of gear, I can now push the remote button once to open the shutter, and again to close it, thereby being able to completely control the time the shutter is open.
I took it out for test run tonight and got these shots...
A ten second exposure of a star and the moon behind some clouds. It was DARK!
The little streaky thing is an airplane that was passing.
And, for a reference to how dark it was while I was shooting, I give you this shot...
I'm really looking forward to going someplace with almost no light pollution (Island) and getting some star shots for the picture a day challenge!
I've got a few night shifts in a row coming up, with little by way of sleep, so I'm signing off for now.