I'm thinking about trying to capture some lunar details at higher magnification with DSLR video (or images) . I have questions just from thinking while viewing tonight. Frankly I got myself all turned around overthinking it.
I've taken plenty of cell phone / eyepiece 'images' at low (40mm) magnification with standard tracking without much issue. Tonight I started thinking about some magnified captures, then I started thinking about the difficulties.
- Egad...the moon moves/drifts fairly fast even with a proper calibration on my GOTO when at an extreme magnification. how to capture magnified images for stacking images?
- Wedge or No wedge? (will it provide any benefit for this purpose with my particular gear).
- Lunar Tracking rate in the Celestron menu (its an option I've never used) is this even functional to assist with the drift? is it basically a useless option?
- Is a series of stacked videos, or a series of single images better for stacking? Tracking at a high magnification must be quite difficult as the moon still drifts even when I'm doing pure visual.
- single pass video or multiple pass on same region? (if video is better than images)
- Should I just ignore the SLR / Barlow option, and attempt to use my cell with an eyepiece / Barlow (quality/benefit/time argument)
I'd prefer not to discuss the lack of a solar system imaging camera. I don't have one so....
Thanks in advance I'd love to hear any tips!
My equipment is simple:
CPC1100 Edge HD w/ or without Wedge
Explore Scientific 2x barlow
Telescope Accessories 2" Fujifilm SLR to 2" Barrel adapter
Baader Click Lock Visual Back