The Moon – Astronomy Log http://www.astronomylog.co.uk My images and view of the Nights Sky Mon, 23 Apr 2018 08:59:53 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Moon taken with ASI120 and Meade 127 http://www.astronomylog.co.uk/the-moon/moon-taken-asi120-meade-127/ http://www.astronomylog.co.uk/the-moon/moon-taken-asi120-meade-127/#respond Wed, 16 Mar 2016 19:50:43 +0000 http://www.astronomylog.co.uk/?p=27537 This is part of the moon I took using my 127mm Meade telescope and an ASI120MM-S camera. There was a fair bit of atmospheric turbulence, but without using any amplification the moons surface seemed quite still. The ASI120 camera at full pixel size does use a lot of disk space when recording at anything over

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This is part of the moon I took using my 127mm Meade telescope and an ASI120MM-S camera. There was a fair bit of atmospheric turbulence, but without using any amplification the moons surface seemed quite still.

The ASI120 camera at full pixel size does use a lot of disk space when recording at anything over 60fps. That night I did a few moon videos and a couple of Jupiter videos and ended up with 20GB of video data.

I used FireCapture to take the video, which seems easy to use – as easy as SharpCap anyway. I processed the video in AutoStakkert and then moved it to Registax and finally Photoshop. I am not a big user of AutoStakkert, but I do find that it can cope with large video files sizes and most file types and codecs whereas Registax can be a bit funny about the type of AVI you send it. Registax also does not seem to like large GB file sizes whether you use Registax 5 or Registax 6.

Moon Wide using Meade 127mm

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Lunar Eclipse Animated GIF http://www.astronomylog.co.uk/the-moon/lunar-eclipse-animated-gif/ http://www.astronomylog.co.uk/the-moon/lunar-eclipse-animated-gif/#respond Tue, 06 Oct 2015 21:19:38 +0000 http://www.astronomylog.co.uk/?p=27383 ** Please click on the image above to see the animation ** This is a quick lunar eclipse animated GIF I put together in Photoshop of the Total Lunar Eclipse in September 2015. This phase is when the moon is coming out of the eclipse and going back to its normal full moon. The original

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Lunar Eclipse GIF Animation

** Please click on the image above to see the animation **

This is a quick lunar eclipse animated GIF I put together in Photoshop of the Total Lunar Eclipse in September 2015. This phase is when the moon is coming out of the eclipse and going back to its normal full moon.

The original images were taken by a Canon 550D SLR attached to an Altair Astro 80mm triplet telescope on top of a Skywatcher EQ8 mount set to lunar tracking rate.

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Colourful Harvest Moon Image http://www.astronomylog.co.uk/the-moon/colourful-harvest-moon-image/ http://www.astronomylog.co.uk/the-moon/colourful-harvest-moon-image/#respond Wed, 10 Sep 2014 20:02:12 +0000 http://www.astronomylog.co.uk/?p=27025 Here is a very colourful harvest moon taken on 10th September 2014. I took it on a tripod with my Canon 550d on a 300mm lens.

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Harvest Moon

Here is a very colourful harvest moon taken on 10th September 2014.

I took it on a tripod with my Canon 550d on a 300mm lens.

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Moon using an OIII filter on an 80mm http://www.astronomylog.co.uk/the-moon/moon-using-an-oiii-filter-on-an-80mm/ http://www.astronomylog.co.uk/the-moon/moon-using-an-oiii-filter-on-an-80mm/#respond Fri, 15 Nov 2013 09:38:24 +0000 http://www.astronomylog.co.uk/?p=26896 This was taken on 14th November 2013. I took it using my Altair Astro triplet 80mm refractor with an Atik 314L+ camera through an Astronomik OIII filter. I took 20 frames of 1/1000th of a second (the lowest exposure the Atik 314L+ will do). I then stacked it in Maxim DL. I did not remove

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This was taken on 14th November 2013. I took it using my Altair Astro triplet 80mm refractor with an Atik 314L+ camera through an Astronomik OIII filter.

I took 20 frames of 1/1000th of a second (the lowest exposure the Atik 314L+ will do). I then stacked it in Maxim DL. I did not remove any darks or take any flats. I then took it into Photoshop and sharpened it and then used a high pass filter on it to sharpen it a bit more.

Not my best lunar image, you can tell the difference between doing this image on a 80mm refractor compared to an image I took using a 120mm refractor. The 120mm just gives you more contrast, light and generally a better image. You can see the 120mm moon image here: http://www.astronomylog.co.uk/2011/09/15/harvest-full-moon/

But if you want really sharp lunar images then a webcam type camera is a better idea, where you can take up to hundreds of frames a second and just take the best frames and stack those all automatically in programs like Registax. Here is an image where I did just that and created a mosaic: http://www.astronomylog.co.uk/2013/03/20/moon-mosaic-with-altair-astro-8-gso-rc/

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Moon Mosaic with Altair Astro 8″ GSO RC http://www.astronomylog.co.uk/the-moon/moon-mosaic-with-altair-astro-8-gso-rc/ http://www.astronomylog.co.uk/the-moon/moon-mosaic-with-altair-astro-8-gso-rc/#respond Wed, 20 Mar 2013 14:52:35 +0000 http://www.astronomylog.co.uk/?p=26771 This was my first proper night out really trying out my new GSO 8″ RC from Altair Astro. I had attached the Lakeside Focuser, collimated the scope to the other scopes, finders and red dot finder. I had also managed to get the telescope collimation as good as I could so far by using a

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This was my first proper night out really trying out my new GSO 8″ RC from Altair Astro. I had attached the Lakeside Focuser, collimated the scope to the other scopes, finders and red dot finder. I had also managed to get the telescope collimation as good as I could so far by using a Cheshire and by doing a star test.

I was playing around noting down the focus positions of eyepieces, my imaging set up and the DMK21. So I decided to try and do some moon video with it.

There were 8 videos, producing 8 pieces of the mosaic. I used a DMK21 618 camera on it’s own, no Barlows or Powermates were used. I processed them using Registax 6 and then started to align them manually in Photoshop, but then remembered there was an automatic way of doing it – Photomerge. Within about 30 seconds the mosaic was automatically created for me.

Moon Mosaic with Altair Astro 8" GSO RC and DMK21 Camera

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Harvest Full Moon http://www.astronomylog.co.uk/the-moon/harvest-full-moon/ http://www.astronomylog.co.uk/the-moon/harvest-full-moon/#respond Thu, 15 Sep 2011 19:31:48 +0000 http://www.astronomylog.co.uk/?p=25634 Decided to try and image the full harvest moon the other night. When the moon is so bright there is not much else you can image other than doing some Hydrogen Alpha imaging. I decided to use my new Skywatcher 120ED DS Pro. It was taken with a William Optics 0.8 reducer, through an OIII

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Decided to try and image the full harvest moon the other night. When the moon is so bright there is not much else you can image other than doing some Hydrogen Alpha imaging.

I decided to use my new Skywatcher 120ED DS Pro. It was taken with a William Optics 0.8 reducer, through an OIII filter and with my Atik 314L+ camera.

The moon was so bright I actually used a zero second exposure in Maxim DL. I took 20 frames and then stacked them in Maxim DL and then imported the image into FITS Liberator and performed a stretch. Then into Photoshop CS5 in order to manipulate the curves, levels and to add an Unsharp Mask.

Harvest Moon

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Moon Images with 5x Powermate http://www.astronomylog.co.uk/the-moon/moon-images-with-5x-powermate/ http://www.astronomylog.co.uk/the-moon/moon-images-with-5x-powermate/#respond Thu, 12 May 2011 19:25:07 +0000 http://www.astronomylog.co.uk/?p=20969 I decided to try and push my Skywatcher ED80 Pro to it’s limit on the moon. I am really impressed with my Skywatcher ED80 Pro telescope, as it gives me some nice widefield views, and I also use a Williams Optics version 3 flattener 0.8 which gives me even more view. The Skywatcher gives me

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I decided to try and push my Skywatcher ED80 Pro to it’s limit on the moon. I am really impressed with my Skywatcher ED80 Pro telescope, as it gives me some nice widefield views, and I also use a Williams Optics version 3 flattener 0.8 which gives me even more view.

The Skywatcher gives me nice views of the Sun, Moon and Deep Sky Objects. I think the only thing that an 80mm type scope is not good at is planetary imaging and small Deep Sky Objects, like the Ring Nebula or Eskimo Nebula.

I was a bit worried that my 80mm scope would not cope well at imaging the lunar surface close-up. But I was pleasantly surprised that I managed these images with the scope.

The setup included the 0.8 William Optics flattener/reducer together with my Televue 5x Powermate and the DMK21 CCD camera.

Focusing was tricky, as the moon looked liked it was underwater from the atmospheric turbulence. But once I had stacked the images using Registax (version 6 is now out) they looked a lot better.

This time I also took a flat image, by using my EL panel which I have encased between 2 A4 acrylic sheets. I took a 1 second snapshot in the IC Capture software in order to get the flat image. I then opened it up in Photoshop and checked the histogram, and it was about nearly dead centre.

For the first time I then used Registax to stack the frames of the AVI videos with a flat frame selected. The results were good, as my DMK21 camera seems to have lots of dust bunnies in it, but I think most DMK cameras must suffer from this problem.

Moon with Televue Powermate

Theophilius and Cyrillus lunar craters

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Total Lunar Eclipse December 2010 http://www.astronomylog.co.uk/the-moon/total-lunar-eclipse-december-2010/ http://www.astronomylog.co.uk/the-moon/total-lunar-eclipse-december-2010/#respond Tue, 21 Dec 2010 11:44:55 +0000 http://www.astronomylog.co.uk/?p=15768 I was up nice and early today in the freezing conditions, even with a really bad cold to try and capture the total lunar eclipse . I put on several layers and headed out with my new Canon 550d camera on a tripod with a remote cable attached and my 300mm lens and a very

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Lunar Eclipse December 2010I was up nice and early today in the freezing conditions, even with a really bad cold to try and capture the total lunar eclipse . I put on several layers and headed out with my new Canon 550d camera on a tripod with a remote cable attached and my 300mm lens and a very large lens hood to try and keep the dew off of the lens.

A few minutes later and I was at a clearing off of the main road, so I could get the full horizon. I started taking a few photos, and then went for the new feature of Full HD videos on the 550d, which when I came home I used Windows Live Movie Maker to make the movie up and put it on YouTube.

Lunar EclipseI could see the moon clearly to begin with but once it was at totality I never saw it again as the low clouds covered the moon up. I began shooting at about 7.20am and finished around 7.45am GMT but even that short time was enough.

I was not that happy with the images, as even with a 300mm lens the moon still really looks small, I think you need a 600mm lens or a 2.0x converter if just using an SLR, but ideally you really need an 80mm refractor joined to the SLR to get a good image. Unfortunately I don’t get a good view of the western horizon with my permanent set up, but then again with the moon being at about 5 degrees above the horizon the local houses would have also stopped me using my telescope.

View the Lunar Eclipse YouTube video here.

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Daytime Moon and Venus http://www.astronomylog.co.uk/the-moon/daytime-moon-and-venus/ http://www.astronomylog.co.uk/the-moon/daytime-moon-and-venus/#respond Fri, 17 Sep 2010 15:37:18 +0000 http://www.astronomylog.co.uk/?p=12379 Whilst away on holiday in Menorca for the week, was the chance to see and image the daytime showing of the Moon and Venus close together. I would not have known about this had it been for me reading Sky at Night magazine in the plane a few days earlier. I did not take my

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Whilst away on holiday in Menorca for the week, was the chance to see and image the daytime showing of the Moon and Venus close together.

I would not have known about this had it been for me reading Sky at Night magazine in the plane a few days earlier.

I did not take my DSLR with me, so took this photography with my Lumix TZ7 camera instead. It was taken on the 11th September 2010 at 16:30 GMT (Menorca time 17:30).

Moon and Venus in Menorca 11th Sept 2010

I don’t know how many people in the UK saw this, as it may have been cloudy here at the time.

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Moon and Venus http://www.astronomylog.co.uk/the-moon/moon-and-venus/ http://www.astronomylog.co.uk/the-moon/moon-and-venus/#respond Sun, 18 Apr 2010 20:15:24 +0000 http://www.astronomylog.co.uk/?p=6537 What great weather we have been having lately, could it be anything to do with there being no planes flying at the moment due to the icelandic volcano erruptions? After spending the day listening to talks, looking at telescopes and viewing trade stands at Kelling Heath I decided to come home and do some imaging.

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What great weather we have been having lately, could it be anything to do with there being no planes flying at the moment due to the icelandic volcano erruptions? After spending the day listening to talks, looking at telescopes and viewing trade stands at Kelling Heath I decided to come home and do some imaging.

The moon has been looking amazing at the moment in the blue twilight sky, unfortunately for me at the moment my west viewpoint is obstructed by my own house, so I snuck around the side of the house and managed to get this image below of the moon and venus on the bottom right.

f/4.5 1/10sec -2 exposure on a Canon 450D

The Moon and Venus

The same moon taken using my Canon 450D straight into an 80mm StarSky Refractor – 1/125 second exposure with a ISO400 setting.

Moon

Click on both images to enlarge them.

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