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About Beltalowda

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  1. Oh, that makes sense. haha. I call it the annoying method.
  2. By the way, I actually have no idea what the drift method is.
  3. I'm only using a cellphone and don't have a tracking mount, but I still feel like maybe I can squeeze more out of the setup if I knew what I was doing. For example, my profile picture was taken during the lunar eclipse with the same camera and turned out pretty well: But I tried to image the Orion nebula and was too ashamed of the result to share it, until now: I realize the moon is low hanging fruit, but I feel like I should be able to get better nebula pictures.
  4. I'm taking baby steps toward getting better images. After a very poor attempt in May (which was too embarrassing to share here), I figured Jupiter's opposition would give me a nice opportunity for a do-over. Are there any filters that will help bring out richer colors? Also, I just noticed how bad these look when enlarged. How do I post them in a smaller size? Equipment: 8" f/5.9 reflector, 6mm Celestron Omni Plössl eyepiece, Samsung Galaxy S7 camera ISO 100, Exp. 1/30 s ISO 64, Exp. 1/180 s ISO 80, Exp. 1/180 s
  5. Very nice. The difference is striking.
  6. I can't provide helpful information. I'm just excited to see another California observer on this primarily UK site.
  7. Using a filter (I have a 13% transmission filter) will make viewing easier on the eyes.
  8. Thanks for the referral to the Smartphone Imaging forum. I guess I was looking in the wrong place. I don't have a tracking mount, so I'll have to settle for half second exposures for now.
  9. The phone is mounted to the eyepiece. I was using the Pro settings which is how adjusted the ISO setting as described in the OP.
  10. I searched the forum, but other than this post I did not find any discussion of the settings one should use on a phone camera. ISO, shutter speed, etc. For example, in my attempt at imaging the Orion Nebula, I played around with various ISO and shutter speed settings, but I was just guessing and did not have an intuition about what to tweak. This was taken with a Samsung Galaxy S7 mounted to an f/5.9 reflector through a 25mm eyepiece: When viewed directly through the eyepiece the stars were nice pinpoints, but not at all when imaged with the camera. Any guidance would be appreciated.
  11. Date; time; general description of the observing conditions; object; eyepiece; notes on the appearance of the object and anything else that seems relevant; occasionally I'll make a sketch, but I'm no artist. Sometimes I'm more diligent than others. I take fewer notes when it's cold out.
  12. Orion SkyQuest XT8 203.2 mm f/5.9 reflector on a Dobsonian mount. That was taken with a 25 mm eyepiece.
  13. I figure the beginners imaging forum is the best place to reveal my new profile picture which also happens to be the first image I've taken through my new scope. It is the January 20, 2019 total lunar eclipse. I was surprised to get something that wasn't complete rubbish just by holding my phone up to the eyepiece (not even using a cell phone mount, which just arrived yesterday). I'm excited to get more deeply involved in imaging.
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