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Job 9:9

Job 9:9-10
9 He is the Maker of the Bear and Orion,
the Pleiades and the constellations of the south.
10 He performs wonders that cannot be fathomed,
miracles that cannot be counted.
NIV

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

The Moon

Now that the sky cleared up some, and the moon's crescent was visible, I decided to take a few pictures.  The moon is an easier object to photograph, even when the seeing isn't very good as it was tonight.

I created a mosaic of 3 images, although the areas where they were patched together aren't perfect, the image isnt too bad for a first attempt at the moon.  Just as in Jupiter, I'm sure my moon images will improve.  
Here it is:


Click on the image to get a full size picture.    Equipment used was the 70 mm refractor, Logitech C310.  Image software, each consisted of 50 stacks in Registrax.  Each individual file was saved as a .fit file, as they provided the best brightness and contrast.  I did do a little unsharp masking on each image.

I also took the opportunity to try some different resolutions.  I took these next 2 images back to back, so no other settings were changed except the resolution.  Each consists of 50 frames stacked.

This image was taken using the 1024X768 setting in the camera.



This image was taken using the 320X240 setting. 

2 comments:

ishman said...

Could just be the atmosphere when you took the video. Otherwise i would say there are focus issues having little to do with the resolution.
Focus is the most important step..hope your having fun! Looks great.

Mike H - KD0AR said...

This is quite possible. As the higher resolution images magnify the images more, focus becomes more critical.

I was also dealing with temperatures around -10c last night too that may have rushed the setup a little.

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