I built a ball mount for the camera out of plumbing parts and a round wooden ball that was designed to be a drawer pull.
I didn't like this so I bought a RAM mount that is more flexible. I suspect that the flexibility may be adding additional vibration to the mount as a whole.
I also picked up a mead 8x12 finder to help align it.
I made a mount out of a PVC connector and it works really well.
Preliminary field tests with both the new finder and the new mount have yielded satisfactory results, but my stars a blobby and I suspect that has to do with the new camera mount.
I purchased an Manfrotto 494 Ball Head to replace the homemade ball mount.
You can see it in this picture along with the finderscope and mount.
Now I can point my camera anywhere in the sky. I also purchased a new UWA lens for my camera as a birthday present for myself.
I picked up a Canon EF-S 10-22mm UWA. I got a chance to use it at TMSP this year and I am pretty happy with the results, however I still need to work on my framing and my focus. I was also pretty lazy with my shot settings and didn't really spend a whole lot of time twiddling with shot settings.
Here are a few examples from this summer: