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Happy with this pic of the moon (and observed Mars and Uranus too!)

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#1 DNA7744

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Posted 11 February 2019 - 11:17 PM

Had a great session observing the moon tonight.  Took maybe 70 pics (snap happy) and whittled it down to just a few.  This one was one of the best (in my opinion)...taken with my Pixel Smartphone, my SW-8" Dobson, and a 12 mm Astro-Tech Paradigm Dual ED eyepiece (100 x).  The pic centers on Mare Serenitatis (and includes the area of the Apollo 15 and 17 landing sites).  Temps were falling rapidly (into the teens) so I only spent about 45 minutes total for this session.  Also got a glimpse of Mars and (I am almost certainly positive) a glimpse of Uranus (first time EVER)...which was just a tiny blue speck with my Sky-Watcher 8" Collapsible Dobson and my 8 mm Astro-Tech eyepiece (150 x).

 

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Posted 12 February 2019 - 11:23 PM

Nice photo!

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Posted 16 February 2019 - 10:46 AM

Very nice indeed! May I ask, are you using a commercially or homemade mount for your smartphone? Or do you have incredibly steady hands?😀
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Posted 16 February 2019 - 05:19 PM

Very nice indeed! May I ask, are you using a commercially or homemade mount for your smartphone? Or do you have incredibly steady hands?

Steady hands!  I think it would take forever to center on a mount (and then the moon would move).  I also have tried taking shots using the 3 sec timer...but I just snap, snap and snap quick ones...and one is bound to be in focus (as I am not stacking).  :)


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Posted 16 February 2019 - 05:52 PM

Try using a burst shot.  It gives you a little faster shutter speed and a larger pool of pics to choose from.

Nice shot.

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Posted 16 February 2019 - 08:30 PM

Steady hands! I think it would take forever to center on a mount (and then the moon would move). I also have tried taking shots using the 3 sec timer...but I just snap, snap and snap quick ones...and one is bound to be in focus (as I am not stacking). :)



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Posted 16 February 2019 - 08:31 PM

...guess I need to work on my hand-steadiness!!

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Posted 16 February 2019 - 08:56 PM

Oh for steady hands! Yeah, mine shake like a flag in the breeze...

 

So, I use this...

 

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^^^ The Celestron Nexyz Smartphone adapter. I have tried several different adapters, and this one has been the best so far. I do have a couple of niggles with it, but they are minor.

 

The best way to use any adapter is to pre-mount the adapter onto the eyepiece you are going to use for your imaging, getting the camera lens centered over the eyelens as best as possible, and use your finder eyepiece to locate your target. Once the target is acquired and centered, swap the finder eyepiece out for your imaging assembly. You may need to adjust a slight amount to center the target in your camera app view. And this is where the Nexyz shines... there are three knobs for adjustment in three axis, X,Y, and Z. The unit is very easy to use, once you familiarize yourself with it. No, I do not work for Celestron... yes, I do like this tool...

 

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^^^ This was a good photo that I badly processed, so please don't judge the tool by my poor post processing skills...

 

Good hunting!

 

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Posted 16 February 2019 - 09:45 PM

Might have to give that one a try!

I'm very interested in imaging, especially lunar imaging, but don't want to re-mortgage the house to do it!


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Posted 16 February 2019 - 09:58 PM

No need to cash in your equity...

 

Amazon LINK

 

About the cost of a nice meal out...

 

Good hunting!

 

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Posted 16 February 2019 - 11:06 PM

Another steady hand pic from tonight!  Had 5 minutes before next storm moved in and obscured the moon!

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Posted 16 February 2019 - 11:17 PM

Another very nice photo. I was hoping to get out again tonight, but I guess 2 clear nights in the same week was just too much to hope for!
Plus, we all know clear skies only happen during the work week.....
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Posted 17 February 2019 - 01:55 PM

Hi,

Was looking at the same moon and took this with the phone. The shadows crossing the floor of Wargentin were well defined and changed quickly. 

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Posted 17 February 2019 - 02:05 PM

Phone shots may be ho hum to some but I'm having fun capturing my attempt at the Luna 100.

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Posted 17 February 2019 - 05:37 PM

Phone shots may be ho hum to some but I'm having fun capturing my attempt at the Luna 100.

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Try post processing using "picmonkey"  Go to sharpen tool and then unsharp mask...adjust strength and clarity and it really does a fine job to sharpen up your pics!


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Posted 17 February 2019 - 07:09 PM

Thanks DNA.

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Posted 18 February 2019 - 11:47 AM

Hi,

Was looking at the same moon and took this with the phone. The shadows crossing the floor of Wargentin were well defined and changed quickly. 

Chris

Nice capture.  The large, prominent crater at the center of your image is Schickard.  To the South and displaying the dramatic shadows is the overlapping pair of craters Phocylides and Nasmyth.  Between and slightly West would be Wargentin, still under the veil of lunar night in your very good cell phone pic.  

 

Very nice pics in the following post as well.  I especially like your catch of the "Marius Hills" volcanic dome field with the Sun illuminating the inside of the  Western rim of the crater Reiner to the South.

 

I have been pretty much clouded out since the night of the Lunar Eclipse so I'm living vicariously through everyone's posts here on CN.  Keep 'em coming.

Clear and Steady Skies

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Posted 18 February 2019 - 09:05 PM

Thank you for this clarification. Next purchase will be a good Atlas to go with the moon app on my phone. Also looking into post processing. Chris
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Posted 21 February 2019 - 09:56 PM

Phone shots may be ho hum to some but I'm having fun capturing my attempt at the Luna 100.

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Yea "ho hum" or not, I enjoy my time actually AT the eyepiece. I can enjoy images through a digital screen from the warmth and comfort of my recliner! So a phone pic suits me just right.


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Posted 22 February 2019 - 11:35 AM

Yea "ho hum" or not, I enjoy my time actually AT the eyepiece. I can enjoy images through a digital screen from the warmth and comfort of my recliner! So a phone pic suits me just right.

Agreed,  I consider myself a visual observer.  Real astrophotography is not for me.  Aside from the cost of the gear, I just don't see myself wanting to get wrapped up in all the wires, power sources, lap top, etc.  I snap the cell phone pics simply as a way to supplement my observing log.  I enjoy sharing them with family and friends and occasionally posting some here.  My kids like taking them to school to show their teachers when it applies to class topics.

 I have a lot of respect for all the fine AP gurus here and enjoy viewing their images but I'll stick to my down and dirty cell phone shots.


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Posted 22 February 2019 - 12:05 PM

Thank you for this clarification. Next purchase will be a good Atlas to go with the moon app on my phone. Also looking into post processing. Chris

 

Post processing is my bane... I just have not found a good method that suits me. My wife, a professional photographer, just shakes her head... and I refuse to let her work on my pics... silly pride...

 

CS!

 

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