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    Question Crescent Moon two days past the eclipse



    moon two days after eclipse 2017.jpg

    I know, not a high quality photo.

    Just the first time I used this telescope on the moon. So it's a commemorative of that fact.

    Taken with a smartphone through a Nexstar 8 SE on a particularly poor evening. You could see the moon swimming practically.

    I am wondering, if I can get extra crisp pictures through this Telescope?

    I've actually seen a guy doing DSO's using a limit of 15 seconds on the exposure, then using registax to re-align all the images. His DSO images are amazing. Not even using an equatorial mount.

    Lunar images should be a lot easier.

    So, I was wondering, what sort of approach should I think about here. If I wanted nice sharp images of the moon?

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    Default Re: Crescent Moon two days past the eclipse

    With your cell phone images in your case here, your best bet is to sharpen your focus some (focus on a bright star and bring it to the sharpest pinpoint you can), and make sure the Moon as at least 30° in altitude. While the sliver is fun, it's a bit too low at that phase and hence sitting behind a lot more atmosphere (swimming, in other words).

    If you want super amazing images, you can shell out for a nice high speed planetary cam, rip off a few thousand frames, and stack the best in Registax.

    Here is a cell phone pic handheld (afocal photography) through my dobsonian:



    And here is one through my AR102:



    That's about the extent of my lunar shooting. If I ever do anything further, a friend of mine has orders to send me a mail bomb filled with Reddi-wip.
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    Default Re: Crescent Moon two days past the eclipse

    DeeFitz.
    A nice shot to have for your records.
    Thank you for sharing.
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    Default Re: Crescent Moon two days past the eclipse

    That's what I thought.

    Focus was impossible, the atmosphere wouldn't allow it really.

    and that's pretty good for a smartphone through a Dobsonian!
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    Default Re: Crescent Moon two days past the eclipse

    For me taking pictures with a phone through an eyepiece is harder than..., well, it's hard. The seeing here has been pretty bad recently too, like trying to look through wax paper. I'm sure you'll get better pics when the seeing allows for sharp views, you have plenty of scope.

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    Default Re: Crescent Moon two days past the eclipse

    Great shots from your phones
    He has passed on his legacy to his daughter as of 09/26/2017.
    Now he views the stars closeup.
    "If people would look up into the night sky as intently and as passionately as they do their phones, they would be amazed"
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    Default Re: Crescent Moon two days past the eclipse

    Hi Dee. Very nice work on this lunar crescent with the NexStar8 SE and your smart phone camera. Good contrast along the terminator, and many details are visible. Thanks for sharing this view with us Dee, and keep up the great work.
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    Default Re: Crescent Moon two days past the eclipse

    I like it Dee!
    I like to do the same thing with my cell phone.
    It's just a lot of good fun.
    Thank you for sharing your photograph.
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    Default Re: Crescent Moon two days past the eclipse

    Nice pics everyone!
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