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Old 25-10-2023, 04:16 PM
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Lunar Vistas October 2023

Its been 3 years since I captured any planetary images , so decided to spend a few nights capturing some Lunar vistas with my basic entry level set up (8Ē Newt and DSLR ) The Moon was ideally positioned up at 70 degrees early in the evening with a waxing phase around 50% to 58% over 2 clear nights.
I captured quite a few different images including various wide field and close in Lunar terrain shots. The Astrobin image of the Apennine Mountain region was captured using the following gear and software -

Waxing Moon 50% to 58%
Seeing was average
Clear Skies Bortle 8 City Suburban
8" f5 Klaus Helmerich Carbon Fibre Newt
Canon 600D DSLR , ISO 800 , 1/1250 exposure , 1500 avi frames ( Best 75% )
Televue 2 x Powermate with 2" x 35mm extension adapter
Tracking with EQMOD and Stellarium ( Lunar Rate )
Capture Software BYEOS Planetary Mode ( 5 x Zoom to achieve 1:1 pixel ratio )
Stacking Software Autostakkert 3
Processing Software Registax 6

I had to learn everything over again its been so long , but pleased with the result out of a DSLR

Astrobin Link below ÖÖÖ

https://www.astrobin.com/oeerwq/

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Thanks for Looking
Martin
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Old 25-10-2023, 06:35 PM
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Great series Martin, I love looking at these lunar close ups.

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Old 25-10-2023, 07:16 PM
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Fantastic set Martin and a great variety of lunar captures. Really tidy work. The image of the Montes Apenninus is stunning, but I really like the wider view ones too.

Great to see you jumping back into some planetary imaging. Variety is the spice of life, or something like that
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Old 26-10-2023, 06:03 AM
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Great series Martin, I love looking at these lunar close ups.

Dennis
Thanks Dennis,
After 3 years itís still enjoyable to image out closest neighbour in the cosmos
I had more images but these were the pick of the crop
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Old 26-10-2023, 06:12 AM
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Fantastic set Martin and a great variety of lunar captures. Really tidy work. The image of the Montes Apenninus is stunning, but I really like the wider view ones too.

Great to see you jumping back into some planetary imaging. Variety is the spice of life, or something like that
Thanks Dave,
I did promise to get back into it at some stage.
I was surprised how well they processed out , I didnít need that much wavelet sharpening and colour was as you see it , quite natural I think. Just a tweak on the gamma and contrast and thatís it.
Took me a while to learn the software again but it was fun once I got the hang of it. So much less time consuming than DSO imaging and you can gather so much data in a short time to sift through.
A lot of fun after 3 years
Thanks for your kind comments
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Martin
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Old 06-11-2023, 09:21 PM
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Great images, love the detail in them, especially the close-ups!
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Old 07-11-2023, 12:18 PM
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Great images, love the detail in them, especially the close-ups!
Thanks Phivos,
It was great to get back into some planetary imaging after 3 years ( I normally spend all my time on DSO imaging )
Nice to see posts from sunny Cyprus
Clear Skies
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Old 08-11-2023, 11:41 AM
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Stunning images Martin!
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Stunning images Martin!
Thanks Leo
Appreciate the kind comment
It was a lot of fun over those 2 nights using the old DSLR again after so many years gathering dust in the cupboard. Certainly a lot less capture and processing time than long exposure DSO imaging

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Martin
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Old 12-11-2023, 01:00 PM
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Great shots. You can never get enough moonage!
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Old 18-11-2023, 07:56 PM
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Great shots. You can never get enough moonage!
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Thanks Richard,
Like I mentioned I havenít image the moon or planets for over 3 years
Iím only a planetary dabbler but itís amazing what you can capture with a humble DSLR and smallish Newt

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Martin
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