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Old 23rd of February 2011 (Wed)   #1
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Default First Pic with NEW Scope - 20 day old Moon

Heya fellow POTN'ers ... been researching and following astro-threads on here for the past 14 months or so, been bugging lots of people, asking lots of questions and going in circles ... so firstly, special thanks to all who have helped out!

Been shooting with my standard gear, wide and zoom lenses on a tripod for a while and finally bit the bullet and invested in an 80mm refractor and HEQ5 Pro, absolutley fantastic bit of kit!!!

Ofcourse ... not so many clear nights with my new (and first!) scope setup/cloud magnet, so shooting the moon in the meantime.

This is my first photograph, taken this morning about 640am, using my Orion ED 80T CF, prime focus, mount used just as a tripod as it was already daylight when I got outside, focus was tricky with the scope pointing straight up and didn't bother connecting my laptop for PC Live View so just winged the focus with the camera's own Live View standing on my head, minimal RAW conversion PP done, C&C very much welcomed:


100% Crop version linked: here.

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Daniel

p.s. Can't wait to try this at night time on the next clear skies we get!!!
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Old 23rd of February 2011 (Wed)   #2
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Way to go Daniel. Congratulations.

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Old 23rd of February 2011 (Wed)   #3
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Very nice for your first moon image . Lot better than any of my moons for sure !.
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Old 24th of February 2011 (Thu)   #4
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Very nice image!
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Old 24th of February 2011 (Thu)   #5
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Default Re: First Pic with NEW Scope - 20 day old Moon

Thanks guys ... though, I've realised I was a little mis-leading. It's not my first EVER moon pic, but my first photo using my brand new, first ever, telescope ... just wish my parents had gotten me one when I was a kid .. all these year's I've been missing out on the night sky!

How's the PP on this though, I see a lot of people boosting contrast a fair bit more than I have ... jsut didn't want to go too far. Recently starting reading up on 'Image Sharpening', haven't done any on this yet.

As mentioned, I've spent the last year or so reading up on astro-stuff, and trying my hand at astrophotography, started stacking very short subs but now that I have a mount I'm good to go for long exposure shots!!!

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Default Re: First Pic with NEW Scope - 20 day old Moon

Grats on the shot and mostly on the new scope! Good luck with you AP, and look forward to seeing more shots.
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Old 3rd of March 2011 (Thu)   #8
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wow, this is great
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