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Dec 08, 2016 04:29 |  #4336
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More 'Mickey Mouse' moon...

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Dec 11, 2016 10:27 |  #4337

Heya,

Had a productive, non-cloudy night last night. The seeing was considered poor (2/5). Everything else was pretty average. I'll take it though, I'd rather image and observe than sit inside and just think about it. I imaged early in the evening, around 7:30pm to 8:30pm roughly. Was fairly cold. Didn't have to deal with my heaters or anything. Literally just turned on the mount, go-to aligned just for simplicity, threw on my bahtinov mask so I could focus on one of the alignment stars, then moved to the moon and started videoing it. I had to refocus once or twice. I think the objective being exposed to the colder air over time caused focus to shift. Later I threw on the barlow to try some crater detail, despite poor seeing where that is the limit instead of aperture. Managed to squeak out some decent details with lucky imaging.

This is with a smaller, inexpensive telescope, cheaper than most half decent camera lenses, and a camera that is cheaper than an entry APS-C for the most part. I do this as a challenge, and out of budget constraints. But the point is to show what can be done with very modest equipment, but in context, right tool for the right job applies here.

Orion Sirius
Celestron C6A (6 inch SCT; 1500mm F10) ($399 scope)
GSO 2x Shorty Barlow
ZWO ASI178MC (6.4MP CMOS) ($369 camera)
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What this looks like:

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IMAGE LINK: https://flic.kr/p/NPRy​kC  (external link) Setup_12102016 (external link) by Martin Wise (external link), on Flickr

Full mosaic. Waxing Gibbous at 88% full. This is a mosaic of 11 separate panels. This was taken with only the SCT and ASI178MC, no barlow involved, so 1500mm F10 and the camera naked together. Final image is 7,000 x 6,000 pixels, or 42MP.

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Detail panels of larger craters. These were created with lucky imaging. This was done with the 2x barlow (1500mm F10 becomes 3,000mm F20) and the ASI178MC. Again, 2,000 frames captured and the best 20% are stacked. Lucky imaging heavily applies here as seeing was poor (2/5), so seeing was the limit, and not necessarily aperture (though I was oversampling at F20 for my pixel size). This was mainly to experiment and stress the system in conditions that are not ideal. I don't think I can get anymore resolution on these craters except on the best of seeing days, as I'm well past the limits of my aperture here.

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Dec 11, 2016 16:12 |  #4338

^^ MR Wise, you have some remarkable shots of those Moo Craters. ^^ :-)


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Dec 11, 2016 16:28 |  #4339

Ballen Photo wrote in post #18209975 (external link)
^^ MR Wise, you have some remarkable shots of those Moo Craters. ^^ :-)

I totally agree with you.... or I think I do....

What cow does a Moo Crater come from?  :p :twisted:

You know, I think the Title Fairy should visit the mods once in a while! :lol:


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Dec 11, 2016 16:32 |  #4340

MalVeauX wrote in post #18209665 (external link)
Heya,

Had a productive, non-cloudy night last night. The seeing was considered poor (2/5). Everything else was pretty average. I'll take it though, I'd rather image and observe than sit inside and just think about it. I imaged early in the evening, around 7:30pm to 8:30pm roughly. Was fairly cold. Didn't have to deal with my heaters or anything. Literally just turned on the mount, go-to aligned just for simplicity, threw on my bahtinov mask so I could focus on one of the alignment stars, then moved to the moon and started videoing it. I had to refocus once or twice. I think the objective being exposed to the colder air over time caused focus to shift. Later I threw on the barlow to try some crater detail, despite poor seeing where that is the limit instead of aperture. Managed to squeak out some decent details with lucky imaging.

This is with a smaller, inexpensive telescope, cheaper than most half decent camera lenses, and a camera that is cheaper than an entry APS-C for the most part. I do this as a challenge, and out of budget constraints. But the point is to show what can be done with very modest equipment, but in context, right tool for the right job applies here.

Orion Sirius
Celestron C6A (6 inch SCT; 1500mm F10) ($399 scope)
GSO 2x Shorty Barlow
ZWO ASI178MC (6.4MP CMOS) ($369 camera)
SharpCap 2.9 (everything is 2,000 frames, best 20% stacked in AS!2, Wavelets in R6, CS5 for final processing)

What this looks like:

QUOTED IMAGE
IMAGE LINK: https://flic.kr/p/NPRy​kC  (external link) Setup_12102016 (external link) by Martin Wise (external link), on Flickr

Full mosaic. Waxing Gibbous at 88% full. This is a mosaic of 11 separate panels. This was taken with only the SCT and ASI178MC, no barlow involved, so 1500mm F10 and the camera naked together. Final image is 7,000 x 6,000 pixels, or 42MP.

QUOTED IMAGE
IMAGE LINK: https://flic.kr/p/NPW5​wm  (external link) LunarMosaic_12102016 (external link) by Martin Wise (external link), on Flickr

Detail panels of larger craters. These were created with lucky imaging. This was done with the 2x barlow (1500mm F10 becomes 3,000mm F20) and the ASI178MC. Again, 2,000 frames captured and the best 20% are stacked. Lucky imaging heavily applies here as seeing was poor (2/5), so seeing was the limit, and not necessarily aperture (though I was oversampling at F20 for my pixel size). This was mainly to experiment and stress the system in conditions that are not ideal. I don't think I can get anymore resolution on these craters except on the best of seeing days, as I'm well past the limits of my aperture here.

QUOTED IMAGE
IMAGE LINK: https://flic.kr/p/PTfQ​gb  (external link) Tycho_Crater_12102016 (external link) by Martin Wise (external link), on Flickr

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IMAGE LINK: https://flic.kr/p/NSEg​6v  (external link) CopernicusCrater_Monte​sCarpatus_12102016 (external link) by Martin Wise (external link), on Flickr

https://flic.kr/p/PxjZ​Ns (external link)GassendiCrater_MareHum​orum_12102016 (external link) by Martin Wise (external link), on Flickr

https://flic.kr/p/NPRZ​uA (external link)Plato_Crater_Alpes_121​02016 (external link) by Martin Wise (external link), on Flickr

https://flic.kr/p/PVY4​KF (external link)Schiller_Hainzel_Crate​rs_12102016 (external link) by Martin Wise (external link), on Flickr

https://flic.kr/p/NPS3​j3 (external link)PhilolausCrater_121020​16 (external link) by Martin Wise (external link), on Flickr

Very best,

Exceptional work. Your close ups are especially well done. Can't wait to see what you can do in steady skies. Which barlow are you using? Have you ever tried a TeleVue Powermate?


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Dec 11, 2016 16:35 |  #4341

I haven't posted in this thread in a long time. I stepped out in the cold, crisp air Friday evening and snapped a shot of the Moon with my Canon 500L and 1.4x TC, hand held. I created the bottom portion in Photoshop and rotated the Moon. Not for the purist but it was fun.

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Inspeqtor wrote in post #18209989 (external link)
I totally agree with you.... or I think I do....

What cow does a Moo Crater come from?  :p :twisted:

You know, I think the Title Fairy should visit the mods once in a while! :lol:

Yeah, yeah, yeah. I know it took a lot of Moo to make all that cheese. ;-)a
Now that I made a typo and got caught, I guess I'll have to leave it. :oops:
I'll have to practice spelling Moon, Moon, Moon, Moon, Moon. I'll finish later. :oops:


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Dec 11, 2016 18:59 |  #4343

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Exceptional work. Your close ups are especially well done. Can't wait to see what you can do in steady skies. Which barlow are you using? Have you ever tried a TeleVue Powermate?

Thanks,

In my setup image you can see I was shooting only a few degrees shy of zenith, and that's probably the only reason I was able to get any lucky images out of 2,000 frames for each attempt with poor seeing with my oversampling (150mm aperture, pixel size is 2.4 microns, so F12 is my ideal sampling focal ratio, and I was at F20 for the higher magnification and way oversampled but it worked out even if it's not ideal, simply due to lucky seeing). At zenith my seeing was probably closer to average or slightly better than average for a few of those moments during the video rolling.

These were done with a cheap GSO 1.25" Shorty 2x Barlow ($40?). I have thought about getting a higher quality powermate, but after discussing with some very experienced folks on cloudy nights, I chose not to put the money into it since I'm using a 150mm scope. The money would be far better spent towards a 200mm scope if I wanted to get more than what my aperture & barlow offers optically. More aperture will yield higher and better quality magnification, with seeing being the limiter. Really though, all things regarding lunar surface, planets, solar surface, etc, are mostly down to the seeing and lucky imaging, even with junk equipment (I use entry tier scopes and accessories on mid-tier mounts).

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Simply awesome shots dude...

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Dec 13, 2016 03:08 |  #4346

I'm not the best moon photographer, but I keep on trying and I quite like this one from last night


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Dec 15, 2016 14:25 |  #4348

Full moon rising...


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Dec 15, 2016 14:47 |  #4349

Moon over Holland last night.

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Dec 15, 2016 18:26 |  #4350

The Full Moon rising behind Brisbane city earlier in the week:

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