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Re: Communal Night-Sky Photography Thread

Nice clear image Phil...
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Re: Communal Night-Sky Photography Thread

Amazing detail Phil for hand held single shot.

Have you tried stacking say 10 shots? Autostakkert has recently updated to version 3 and it really works well. Its also free.
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Re: Communal Night-Sky Photography Thread

Thanks guys. Dave I took about 4 or 5 similar shots do you think it's worth giving it a try or is that not enough?
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Thanks guys. Dave I took about 4 or 5 similar shots do you think it's worth giving it a try or is that not enough?
Definitely worth it. You will be surprised at the difference.
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Best I could get last night about 9:00 hand held using the 40-150 & 1.4x TC plus x2DTC....
I didn't think about using the DTC. Would also have been nice to have had a camera with a hi-res mode.
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I didn't think about using the DTC. Would also have been nice to have had a camera with a hi-res mode.
Hi Res mode doesn't work on moonshots unfortunately the moon moves too quick for the Hi Res mode to take its 8 shots because of the earths rotation and the moons orbital speed.

It might work if you have an German Equatorial Mount that can track at Lunar transit speed but even then it won't be perfect.
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Re: Communal Night-Sky Photography Thread

OK Dave I will give stacking a go when I get a bit of time to play with the software. Thanks for the suggestion.
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Re: Communal Night-Sky Photography Thread

I use Registax, another free stacking programme. I prefer it to the one that Dave suggested. Easier to use and better results IMHO....

But try both. To get the photos, I use the low speed continuous silent shutter mode, so that the moon is effectively in the same position in the photos....and get a burst of maybe 10 to 15 photos. I am not sure that more than that produces any better results.

I am sure you sort out a method that works for you
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Re: Communal Night-Sky Photography Thread

Managed to get this shot of the moon at 9:07 pm on 31/01/18. Handheld, using a 200mm f3.5 lens, handheld. I tried on my tripod, but the adaptor proved intermittent when on the tripod (damned Chinese!) but I was reasonably happy with this for handheld. Very much cropped, however.

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Obviously not going to get it any better without stacking, but the latter would be impossible unless I can use the tripod!

I have a Minox spotting scope. It might be interesting using that, if I could find a suitable adaptor to the camera.
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Managed to get this shot of the moon at 9:07 pm on 31/01/18. Handheld, using a 200mm f3.5 lens, handheld. I tried on my tripod, but the adaptor proved intermittent when on the tripod (damned Chinese!) but I was reasonably happy with this for handheld. Very much cropped, however.


Obviously not going to get it any better without stacking, but the latter would be impossible unless I can use the tripod!

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You can stack hand held shots where the moon is typically all over the frame if you first pre process them to centre the image in a cropped area and use these cropped images as the input to the stacking software of choice. To do it manually is a pain. However, there is some free software that is used by astrophotographers that will do it automatically its called PIPP. ( Planetary Image Pre Processor). It can be used on the moon or even part of the moon as well as planets.

It is also able to take a movie as an input and break out each frame and do the same cropping, centering and even assessing and labelling the each frame with its quality rating so that you can choose say the best 5% of thousands of frames before doing the stacking.

Post processing astro images is actually very dependent on software tools.
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Re: Communal Night-Sky Photography Thread

I tried to take a series early on in the evening of the 31st but conditions were far from ideal around here (for capturing detail) with the Moon so low in the sky (atmospheric disturbances).
Good to see some nice images here though
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Re: Communal Night-Sky Photography Thread

Inspired by this thread and others on the subject, I had a go at the moon last month. It was a very clear night, very cold! Just got round to processing the images, taken with EM1 mk 2, Oly 300/2.8 and EC-20 on tripod. Manual focus & exposure 1/250, f8 ISO 200.
This one processed from .ORF, just sharpened and a bit of contrast in Lightroom. I took quite a few shots, and I'm experimenting with Registax, if I can get a better image I'll share it!
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Re: Communal Night-Sky Photography Thread

You captured some great detail. Can you share a larger version ?
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Re: Communal Night-Sky Photography Thread

Definitely a very detail shot.

You might take several (>15) using Consequential low, then stack them with Registax or other. Even more detail will emerge.

Either way you have a great photo there............
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Re: Communal Night-Sky Photography Thread

Thanks for the good comments. Hopefully you can view the full size file on the dropbox link (1815 pixels square, that's the size it was on the sensor). It seems to work better of you click "full screen" then zoom in, or download the file. I have 73 shots, but the camera was moved a couple of times to keep the moon in shot, so the images don't line up very well. I centred them using PIPP, but still some rotation so no really long sequences that stack well.. Have to try again.
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