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nightfisher

Small scope Luna challenge

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I'm up to 10 Moons in November so far. I'm going to keep at it and see how far I can get through a whole set! Last time I tried, the first half of the month was pretty good for weather, then it all went down hill for the last two weeks. As I'm writing this at 09:33hrs, it is clouding over and the light level looks more like dusk!

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Well...  I am just starting to look at some I took an hour ago, but the night of the 16th might have been the clearest night I have had.  Did some new processing on another stack.  Here is the full 100% file.

11 image stack out of 29.

Cropped and sorted in PIPP.

Stacked in AutoStakkert2

One round of fine deconvolution in Astra Image

Final PP in Lightroom.

Shot with Sony A77ii, AF400mm F5.6 + 2X TC

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I've just been looking at the full scale image which is showing some good detail. Well done.

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Despite the hype, the November Perigee full Moon wasn't significantly different to the October full Moon - only 1.5% difference in size. However, looking at my second picture, you can see a huge difference in the Moon from just after New Moon to the Perigee Moon, being 50,000km closer to Earth.

All images from Celestron 76mm Firstscope and ASI120MM camera.

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Here's a composite from last night and this morning. The detailed Moon shot was a mono capture from last night with the ASI120MM and Celestron Firstscope. The colour data was taken this morning not long before the Moon set, using a Nikon D3200 DSLR with a x2 teleconverter and Tamron 70-300mm zoom lens.

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I'm on a mission this month to try and catch the Moon on as many days as possible. The weather last night was looking iffy, so I grabbed some DSLR Moon shots from the street, as soon as it appeared above the houses. It was only 3° 15' 33.2" above the horizon for the first misty orange shot. The third shot is through a tree. They were from my Nikon D3200, x2 teleconverter and Tamron 70-300mm lens.

By 22:34hrs UTC, the Moon had risen to 8° and was just visible from the back garden to catch a video with the Celestron Firstscope. I have now caught 14 out of 19 Moons in November, and will compile a Moon phase chart with them all at the end of the month.

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Another couple of Moons from last night ( Nov 20th ). The Moon rise shot was captured at 23:08hrs UTC, at just 3° 24' 17" altitude above the horizon. It is a composite using a colour DSLR image for the colour and clouds across the Moon, and a later Celestron image as a detail later. The other shot is also a mono/colour composite, shot at 00:30hrs UTC on Nov 21st.

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Well done guys and gals, I am so glad i started this thread, there is some amazing images being posted, taken with kit ranging from simple little fracs using A-focal through to top end gear.

You are all doing a Stirling job, keep at it

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3 Months with no action on this thread so I thought I'd revive it with a sequence of last nights penumbral eclipse. All captured with the 4" frac.

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I just realised, my little 102 maksutov just qualifies for entry

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That's a great image Jules! Very crisp with lots of detail.

I think I need to give this challenge a god with my TAL Alcor 65mm if I can find a way of mounting a camera on it!

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35 minutes ago, Stu said:

That's a great image Jules! Very crisp with lots of detail.

I think I need to give this challenge a god with my TAL Alcor 65mm if I can find a way of mounting a camera on it!

cheers Stu, of course the 120 wont ever get used now i have seen what the 102 can do :grin:

can you mount a point an shoot to the eyepiece of the Alcor

next time i use the Mak/1000D i will hook the canon up to EOS utilities so i can get large screen and see to get focus pin sharp

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Just now, nightfisher said:

cheers Stu, of course the 120 wont ever get used now i have seen what the 102 can do :grin:

can you mount a point an shoot to the eyepiece of the Alcor

next time i use the Mak/1000D i will hook the canon up to EOS utilities so i can get large screen and see to get focus pin sharp

;)

The 102 is quite impressive I must say, but you will still get better resolution with the 120ED.

I bought an adaptor which is a reasonable fit in the Alcor focuser, perhaps needs a turn of tape on it. Will give it a try. I have thought of putting rings on it to put it on an EQ mount....

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Blinking quotes box, hoped this bug had gone.

Stu, can you get rings for the Alcor, it would be very interesting to see how it performs

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1 minute ago, nightfisher said:

Blinking quotes box, hoped this bug had gone.

Stu, can you get rings for the Alcor, it would be very interesting to see how it performs

I would have thought I could find some Munsen rings for it, will give it a go

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I have to say a small Mak with a DSLR makes a nice small tidy package that does do the business on Lunar imaging, I even sometimes use mine on a camera tripod. 

Alan

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On 25/02/2017 at 14:30, nightfisher said:

I just realised, my little 102 maksutov just qualifies for entry

Nice capture Jules :)

 

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From tonight. Close up from the Evo80ED and x2 teleconverter. Widefield conjunction from my Nikon 18-55mm lens.

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Posted this in the normal Lunar forum but it was taken with my Mak 102 so qualifies for this thread. This is the first image with my Canon 600D, its a single shot but I am disappointed with it, comparing it to others posted. I had a quick session outside and have spent the last 4 hours trying to stack a video in AutoStakkert which has failed twice and I am on my second attempt with Registax, no joy as yet! frustrating is not the word!

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Steve, the crescent Moon can be a tricky one to get right, its one i tend to leave to better people than myself but you got a good image

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2 hours ago, nightfisher said:

Steve, the crescent Moon can be a tricky one to get right, its one i tend to leave to better people than myself but you got a good image

Thanks Jules, I did manage to stack a video using Registax and is a bit better, see here. Still on a very steep learning curve though!

 

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After reading back a few posts, I've realised I never posted my Moon phase chart from November. I picked a good month to do it, only loosing a few days to the weather. It was hard work late in the month, staying up very late or setting the alarm at silly O'clock to check if it was clear and could catch a shot, just in case it wasn't visible in daylight. All the shots were from the ASI120MM and Celestron Firstscope.

The fullsize 6800 x 4337 pixel image can be found here - http://www.sacarr.co.uk/astro/moon/2016_moon_phases.jpg

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I've just realised I've not posted in this, all of my images to date bar 1 are 102mm or 72mm appature.. here they are!  All taken unguided, un tracked with AZ mount..

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Thanks for looking!

Ta

Fozzie

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Fozzie, great contribution some superb images

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