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The Official Shoot the Moon Thread

 
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Apr 25, 2013 01:09 |  #1576

Roll-away building which I can close with the scope in any position in case of sudden rain, pretty convenient :) You can see a better view here (external link) ( solar setup ).
And about the sky, maybe, but you got all the most beautiful galaxies ( M106, 101, 81-82 etc ) :lol:


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Apr 25, 2013 04:06 |  #1577

I love the roll-away building idea. In many ways it makes more sense than a building with a roll-off roof. Easier to build and you have more room around the scope once the building is out of the way, so you can make a smaller building. Cool. I haven't even considered a backyard observatory, but a roll-off building that looks like a toolshed wouldn't bother the neighbors or attract thieves. I might have to think about that once the novelty of setting up and aligning the CGEM every day wears off...

Yeah, we do have some nice galaxies overhead. When I first bought the Edge 8 I figured I'd be doing mostly planetary and lunar imaging because I'm in a white/red zone. I figured the fainter deep-sky objects would be out of reach of my backyard. And in the summer here we don't get much darkness - on June 21 the sun sets at 10:07 and rises at 5:04, and dusk and dawn are very long giving us only 2-3 hours of real darkness. All that led me to believe that I needed to focus on planets and the moon.

But having done this for a while now, I think I had the requirements all wrong. What I really should be shooting for are those objects that we're better positioned for than average. Saturn never gets above 24 degrees here this year (and not much higher for years to come), but M81 is almost straight over my head. My sky is full of circumpolar Deep Space objects. Since I don't like settling for second-rate images because of low angles through the atmosphere I suspect I'll be doing a lot of Deep Space images. Gotta use the advantage of your location, rather than fighting through atmosphere.


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Apr 25, 2013 11:38 |  #1578

ok heres mine.
taken on 5d mkii with


Been trying this for a few weeks, and it is really slow going and frustrating.
These two are the same, with different photoshopping. Handheld, 70-200L IS II:

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and the big one, taken with a tripod mounted vintage Celestron C8, t-mount:
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I'm having a hard time getting crisp focus in the center of the image. At first, I thought it was the scope being out of collimation, so I bought Bobs Knobs and collimated it. Now I don't know whats wrong? Tips greatly appreciated.
Note that I didn't use Registax.

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Apr 26, 2013 00:32 |  #1579

Full moon from tonight

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Apr 26, 2013 22:08 |  #1580

I looked out the window tonight and the moon was a little brownish looking and had some slight cloud cover around it. The light reflected off the clouds a bit and this made for a great sight. When I tried getting it on camera, I was either blowing out the moon entirely while getting the clouds around it, or I could get the detail of the moon, but then missed the clouds. I took several pictures in the hopes I might be able to stack or HDR them together in post. I was wondering if anyone knew a way I could get it done in the camera though and do very little in post. I'll post some samples in a bit.

I was shooting in ISO100 and started with f/16 at 1/2 sec.


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Apr 27, 2013 02:21 |  #1581

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I think I need to work on the edge a little there, but this is just about what I was hoping for when I spotted the moon tonight.

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Apr 27, 2013 06:14 |  #1582

This is also harder than I thought it would be. Pulled out my 100-400 and snapped a few that turned out OK, but when I put my 1.4tc on it, the pictures were just soft, no matter how well I tried to focus. Also realized how much movement there is on a long lens on a tripod when shooting such a small and distant object.

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Apr 27, 2013 15:29 |  #1583

My friend's attempt with a SX200 IS compact camera.

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Apr 27, 2013 15:35 |  #1584

I'd love some opinions on this. Shot with a crappy 500mm f/8. This is a 60% crop.

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May 01, 2013 20:19 |  #1585

KirkS518 wrote in post #15873342 (external link)
I'd love some opinions on this. Shot with a crappy 500mm f/8. This is a 60% crop.

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Nice colors, just slightly over sharpened and/or too much contrast applied for my taste.


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May 01, 2013 20:27 as a reply to  @ mtbdudex's post |  #1586

lunar eclipse

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same lunar eclipse, at dawn over san francisco
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May 01, 2013 20:28 as a reply to  @ mtbdudex's post |  #1587

4/30 560mm via 200mm+2xTC + 1.4xTC

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which do you prefer?

This shows that seeing conditions make so much difference in moon shots.
At 4x the power I'd expect much better detail, (as long as focus correct), yet not so here

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May 02, 2013 08:10 |  #1588

^^ I'm shocked it looks so good stacked with converters. I put a 1.4 on my 100-400L and I barely managed a soft focus. Wasn't sharp at all. Will have to try again.




  
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May 02, 2013 14:32 |  #1589

mikeinctown wrote in post #15889824 (external link)
^^ I'm shocked it looks so good stacked with converters. I put a 1.4 on my 100-400L and I barely managed a soft focus. Wasn't sharp at all. Will have to try again.

I've found with the TC's need to tweak to the chromatic aberattion slightly in post processing.

Your 400L + 1.4TC = 560mm same as my 200 + 2TC + 1.4TC , but I'd expect slightly better/crisper with your 1 TC.
(MY TC's are Canon MkII, not the new $$$ mkIII's, my L lens is the latest MkII)


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May 02, 2013 15:11 |  #1590

i'll have to try again with the moon early at night vs 5am when it seemed further away. It looks larger in the sky early night than it does early morning. My 1.4 is a MKii as well. will just have to keep practicing I guess.




  
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