Telescope: Astro-Tech 8” f/8 Ritchey-Cretien, Orion Atlas EQ-G
Camera: Full Spectrum Modified Nikon D5300
Filter: Orion Imaging Skyglow Filter
Exposure: 64x1/500sec, ISO 400, saved as RAW
Seeing: fair, 3/5
White Balance: Photoshop & Nebulosity Automatic
Software: Backyard Nikon, Nebulosity, Registax, Photoshop
Last night was soooo beautiful with the Buck Moon shining through holes in a mostly cloudy sky on a warm Fourth of July evening. I managed to grab enough images that were reasonably free of clouds to piece together a reasonable result. This is actually a fairly rare event; a full moon that is actually full! The moon usually passes well north or south of the Earth’s shadow and a thin terminator sweeps across the moon’s northern or southern limb. In this case the moon was about as close as it can get to full and even here if you look very closely you can see shadows among the mountains and craters near the northern limb. This image set was taken as the moon was about to make contact with the southern edge of the Earth’s faint outer shadow, resulting in a full moon that was exceptionally bright, and _almost_ completely full.
Note that is image was only slightly cropped the even out the border and to set the 4:3 aspect ratio. So the moon just _barely_ fits within the field of view of an APS-c sensor and the flat, comma-free field of the RC8 does a good job capturing the entire lunar disk. This also demonstrates that the full field of view of the RC8 measures about 0.5x0.75 degrees when paired with an APS-c sensor.