Hello all... I joined here a few years ago just as I was starting to get obsessed with the moon and I am just now "returning". I have recently bought a couple scopes, a tracking mount and a planetary cam that I am still learning to use, but I would like to share a few of my faves from 3 years of "no astro gear" shooting. I really enjoyed pushing things as far as I could with regular camera gear.
I have read the rules... but still unsure if this post will be OK. (regarding sharing sizes - a linked flickr photo OK??)
This one I shot up at the Dominion Astronomical Observatory last year - it was my first time up there and the moon low and on its way out of the sky for the DSO guys I met. I had brought my gear anyway and I was amazed how decent the viewing was - elevation truly helps I found out finally first hand!
2 piece mosaic. Best 140 of 160 single shot frames per panel. Shot with Sony A77ii, Minolta 400/4.5 lens + a 3X TC and 1.4X TC stacked. (1680mm) Conversion of Sony raw files to tiffs, then PIPP, AS!3, stitched with ICE, sharpened in Astra Image and final touches in LR6. 2048px view available in Flickr.
Sony A77ii, Minolta 400/4.5 lens + 3X + 1.4X TC (1680mm) on a tripod. 1/50s, F24, ISO200 . This is a two piece composite. Each half the best 100 of 120 single raw exposures shot by hand with a wired release. Converted to tiffs, pre aligning and quality sorted in PIPP, stacked with AS!3, stitched with ICE, sharpened in Astra Image and finished with LR6.
And my favourite of my first combination I used exclusively for 2 years - on a great seeing night. It is one of perhaps two or three images I have ever shared at full resolution.
100% resolution file available. This is a stack of all 82 frames from the set - all were good. Shot with Sony A77ii + Minolta 400/4.5 + 2X TC.
I have many more uploaded on my Flickr but these give an idea of what I was "shooting" for! ...... but now I am trying to get settled into new gear and processes. I have sold the camera I used for these, but I still use the lenses with my ASI 183MM camera - and of course the two scopes. Can't wait for some good moons to shoot!! Looking forward to sharing something with the new stuff.
Very best regards