Category Archives: Moon

The Full Moon of Feb 9, 2017

The Full Moon Feb 9, 2017,  (Feb 10, 2017, 01:23 UT.)   6 frames @ 1/800th sec stacked. TV-85 at F/5.6, Canon T3, Atlas EQ-G w/EQMOD.

This is six frames taken at 1/800 sec @ ISO 100 using the TV-85/Canon T3 combo.  I did an offset removal on each frame in IRIS and then median stacked them.   One round of sharpening and wavelets in IRIS, too, but that was it.  Contrast adjustment in PS and then posted here.

Moon, Venus and Mars Conjunction, Jan 31, 2017

Moon, Venus and Mars on Jan 31, 2017. Canon T3 and a Canon 200mmm telephoto lens set at F/4. Exposure was 1/100th sec @ ISO 3200.

A beautiful conjunction of the moon and two planets made the last evening of Jan 2017 quite nice.  The Moon joined Venus and Mars on this evening and I just had to get some shots.

Moon, Venus and Mars on Jan 31, 2017. Canon T3 and a Canon 200mmm telephoto lens set at F/2.8. Exposure was 1/40th sec @ ISO 3200.

I could have used a tripod for these, but I took the images by propping the camera on the top of a car.   Consequently, I had lots of rejected images due to motion blur.    But, luckily, I got a three steady ones that were good enough to post.   The forth image below was a repair job, but it came out OK after correcting it for my unsteady hands.  🙂

Moon, Venus and Mars on Jan 31, 2017. Canon T3 and a Sigma 28-70 Zoom, 70mm at F/4. Exposure was 1/60th sec @ ISO 3200.
Moon, Venus and Mars on Jan 31, 2017. Canon T3 and a Sigma 28-70 Zoom, 70mm at F/4. Exposure was 1/4th sec @ ISO 3200.

These last two are actually composites.   The one right above had motion blur and as mentioned previously, I was able to fix it.  But, fixing it messed up the trees.  So, I had to composite the good trees back in from the original.  In the second image above, the moon was replaced with a better version from the 200mm lens.

 

Two Day Old Moon – HDR

A two day old Moon. 4 images of varying exposures combined. TV-85 at F/5.6, Canon T3, Atlas EQ-G w/EQMOD.

On Jan 29, 2017, a two day old moon was in the sky and I shot it first thing before it sank too low to image.   This is somewhat of an HDR image in that I took a series of 4 exposures, long to short, to try and get the earthshine and details in the crescent.    I aligned and stacked them in PS with about a 50% blend for each exposure.

Full Moon, Jan 12, 2017

Full Moon Jan 12, 2017. Canon T3 @ ISO 100, 1/800 sec, TV-85 at F/5.6, Atlas EQ-G mount.

A close crop of the moon taken with the Canon T3 and TV-85 combo.  This is straight out of the Canon DPP software.  I cropped it in PS, but didn’t do any other modifications to it.

This was a shakedown imaging session to test my mount, laptop and new Bluetooth telescope interface.  Unfortunately, the test failed as the Bluetooth connection kept breaking.   I had tested it a few nights before with no problems, but something I installed afterward must have screwed it up.  It is back to the drawing board, I guess.   🙁