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My first DSLR moon images


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Celestron Astromaster 130 EQ with x2 Barlow to extend prime focus.

Sony A200 DSLR body.

These are single images unprocessed other than slight cropping and image size reduced by a factor of 4 for posting. Later I hope to stack a series of images in Registax.




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Nice pics for first time (Im far from an expert).

I have tryed in the past to take moon images with my DSLR, but have come out a bit fuzzy. I dont really know why this is but yesterday i use my compact digital camera from 5 years back and got these images which i think are faily sharp.



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Good first try - remember the old maxim though that for pics to be truly sharp, the shutter speed should be equal to the focal length of the lens (telescope here) unless you have a truly rock-steady mount. I find I get the sharpest pics with either a very fast shutter speed (eg 1/2000) or with a very slow shutter speed (eg 2 secs) using the mirror lock up on the DSLR to minimise shake, and the ISO set down to minimum.


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