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Six Day Old Moon

astrophotography catadioptric dslr Meade moon


Alen Koebel

Six Day Old Moon

The six-day-old moon. It was low in the sky when this was shot, resulting in the yellowish color that was also observed visually. This is a 1/60th-second exposure at ISO 100 on a Pentax K-3II DSLR at the prime focus of a Meade LXD55 SN6 6-inch f/5 Schmidt-Newtonian OTA mounted on a Vixen GP-DX equatorial mount with SkySensor 2000PC. The mount happened to be tracking at the lunar rate, something it does automatically when you aim it at the moon with the SkySensor Goto (but probably wouldn't matter with such a short exposure in any case). This is from the in-camera JPEG (daylight white balance), with cropping and minor sharpening done in IrfanView. Taken September 15th, 2018 near Bayfield, Ontario.

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