Full Moon astrophotography

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Full Moon astrophotography

Postby wgater » Fri Apr 14, 2006 2:03 pm

Hi gang,

Last night was the full Moon and I managed to get a shot of it through the fleeting clouds. I've placed an image on my blog if anyone's interested.

Will
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RE: Full Moon astrophotography

Postby jsc248 » Fri Apr 14, 2006 2:36 pm

A very impressive picture as always Will! Plenty of ray centers and the Maria show up superbly.
Well captured.
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RE: Full Moon astrophotography

Postby wgater » Fri Apr 14, 2006 2:53 pm

Thanks John, very kind of you! It's also interesting to see (on the high res version I have and somewhat less on the blog version) the mountainous/rough terrain around the Northern and Southern poles. I'm still trying to eek out more sharpness/detail from the 300D I've been using. The lack of a mirror lock up hasn't [i]really[/i] affected the image that much (I've verified this with other 300D astrophotographers) so I'm looking for other ways to improve it. If anyone has any ideas I'd be very interested. I'm sure it's capable of even more, i'll just have to keep working on it.

Best wishes

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RE: Full Moon astrophotography

Postby barnardstar2 » Fri Apr 14, 2006 4:00 pm

Yes it’s a good shot Will, and I know what you mean about sharpness, I had a similar issues when I use my EOS 300 35mm film camera with my ETX- 90EC. (I used to have an older Canon film camera and this did have a mirror lock up which made a huge difference to blurring while using long lenses.) The Sony Cybershot I use seems to provide much sharper images when shooting through the eyepiece of the ETX than the film camera ever did. I partly put this down to vibration and the difficulty of focusing the scope on the ground glass screen of the camera. Focusing with the Sony isn't too difficult- as can be seen from the few pics I have put in the moon gallery but I do have to make sure I wear my reading glasses to view the picture on the cameras LCD or it just cant be done!

On another note I find that pictures of the full moon are usually amongst the duller astro pictures that get taken. Although the moon was beautiful here last night I couldn't be bothered to drag out the scope as I didn't get it till 11:30 pm and I'd just driven 300 bank holiday traffic miles home! But generally speaking I'm not that interested of taking Full moon photo's.

Perhaps we should start a competition to see who can take the best full moon photos (un-photoshoped) to drive up the standard. Any takers?
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RE: Full Moon astrophotography

Postby andrew short » Fri Apr 14, 2006 6:46 pm

Sounds like a good idea,this is one I took last night.The only thing I've done to it with HP image zone is resize and cropped the background.

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RE: Full Moon astrophotography

Postby andyt » Sat Apr 15, 2006 12:16 pm

Hi guys

I thought I might as well add my attempt to image the full moon. It is unprocessed apart from cropping the image to allow me to cut and paste it here.
There is a bit an odd colour around the limb, but I think that is due to the filter being used on the telescope scope.
Picture taken 13/04/06 with a hand-held Pentax digital camera pointed down the eyepiece of a Meade refractor telescope.

[image]local://862/936F51F8FEF8467DB52B41A2EBC266F5.jpg[/image]
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RE: Full Moon astrophotography

Postby albireo » Sat Apr 15, 2006 12:50 pm

This is a photo I took on the 12th April with a handheld 3MP camera held to a 25mm eyepiece and an 8" dob. Its not easy to retain some detail in the bright parts without losing the dark areas.
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RE: Full Moon astrophotography

Postby andrew short » Sat Apr 15, 2006 1:06 pm

Nice photo Andy,what size Meade refractor did you use?I took my photo using my 4" Tal refractor and 4.2mp digi cam.The yellow filter effect is Sulphur dioxide courtesy of my local steel works[:'(].No seriously,the Moon was very low in the sky when I took the photo,I think that has caused the yellow hue.
This one I took later in the evening when the Moon had risen higher.Can't include this in the comp though,as it doesn't show the full Moon and I did increase the adaptive lighting a little.

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RE: Full Moon astrophotography

Postby Pete Lawrence » Sat Apr 15, 2006 4:43 pm

This shot was cropped from the original frame. It was taken back in October 2004 just before the total lunar eclipse on the night of the 27th/28th so it can't get much fuller than that.

The full page on the eclipse can be viewed here...
http://www.digitalsky.org.uk/lunar/TLE-20041028.html




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RE: Full Moon astrophotography

Postby barnardstar2 » Sat Apr 15, 2006 6:56 pm

That's a beauty Pete!

And a fantastic website too!!
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