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DSLR Digital Camera Moon PhotographyOther images here (non-astronomical)
The following images were taken from a city location using a Meade LX-200 f/10 10" Schmidt-Cassegrain mirror telescope (effective focal length 2500mm), MTO-11CA (aka 'Russentonne') 1000mm Russian-made Mirror Lens or plain photografic lenses. For DeepSky also a Vixen VMC200L 8" f/10 Cassegrain reflector and a ED102SS 4" f/6.3 refractor were used. Due to the urban location the seeing was not always perfect, however taking several images helped to find some good candidates. Since the focal length in connection with the small sensor of the DSLR is too large to get a complete image of the full moon, the 2500mm moon images are collages, 'stitched' together from several images. Image post processing was usually done using my own image processing toolkit (currently under development), Adobe PhotoShop, ImagesPlus and AstroArt.
Tips to get good images:
Find your way on the moon surface: Virtual Moon Atlas (external link)
2500mm equiv. focal length
1. August 2004, LX-200 / EOS 10D (Yes, colors are correct, the moon was rather low on the horizon)
1000mm equiv. focal lengthThese images were taken using this setup. 1000mm seems just the right resolution to get full images of the moon
(when the 1.6 camera crop factor is taken into account).
3. March 2004, Canon EOS 10D MTO-11CA f1/10, 1000mm
Moon lit by Earthlight, 11. May 2005, VC200L at 1800mm (larger version)
Here is some more information about how to prepare the MTO-11CA for best results by relaxing the optics.
See the Deepsky Album for current CCD images.
Mars 2003, Composite of 512 frames (contrast/sharpness enhanced with Registax)
Location: S/W Germany, Metzingen, Date: 11. August 2003
The following equipment was used to take the images:
If you like these images you may want to take a look at my Earthsight viewer program.
Please visit my PStill PDF converter page if you like to support my work. Also my AHPS hotpixel removeal Photoshop plugin may be of interest.
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