Flintstone Stargazing

April 16, 2008

The Moon on 4/16/08

Filed under: astronomy, Astrophotography, Moon, Observation Journal — Tags: — Ed @ 10:23 pm


The Moon on 4/16/08

On Monday, I got a new camera for my telescope. It’s a Meade Lunar/Planetary Imager (LPI) and is designed for taking shots of the Moon and planets. I had some issues getting it working in Vista, but worked them out last night and got to really try it tonight. I think it worked really well on the Moon – the biggest difficulty is getting the brightness adjusted. Once I put my moon filter on, it worked much better – it was just too bright without the filter. I took 9 shots that I composited to make this panorama shot (it’s too zoomed in to get the whole Moon in one image, so I have to stitch them) and I’m really happy with the results. I also took this image through the 3X Barlow:

Moon-Mare Humorum on 4/16/08
Moon-Mare Humorum on 4/16/08

It’s Mare Humorum, the Sea of Moisture. The large crater to the north of the plain is crater Gassendi which was considered as a possible landing site for Apollo 17 (which wound up at Taurus-Littrow quite far away).

After looking at the Moon for a while, I thought I’d take a look at Saturn. Once I got it on screen, I couldn’t ever get the adjustments right; it just never looked very good – kind of green. I decided to call it a night and when disassembling everything realized I still had my Moon filter on the camera. Oops. I’ll try to get some good Saturn shots the next clear night I get.

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2 Comments »

  1. It’s interesting that you mention your experiments with the Meade LPI. I’ve done some off and on experimenting with webcam astrophotography using a Logitech QuickCam Pro and my Celestron 8. It’s absolutely miserable to get working and I have yet to acquire anything decent. The extreme focal lengths and magnification makes it difficult to focus and the light adjustments are a nightmare. I had considered getting an LPI but it sounds like I’d still have similar issues to what I’m experiencing now.

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    Comment by Pierre — April 17, 2008 @ 5:48 pm

  2. We’ll see how it goes – I got a pretty good deal on it and figured I’d try it out – so far it’s better than the one I got free with the $25 Wal-Mart refractor, but that’s not saying a whole lot. I’m pretty happy with the views I got above and figure once I really figure out how to use it, I’ll have a better idea whether it’s worth the money or not. I’m sure I’ll have more posts on this shortly (tonight is looking pretty nice).

    Comment by Ed — April 17, 2008 @ 7:43 pm


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