Jump to content


Photo

Moon - 1st Attempt


  • Please log in to reply
11 replies to this topic

#1 swholden

swholden

    Advanced Member

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 233 posts

Posted 22 January 2008 - 04:29 PM

So, like a little boy with a new bike, I could wait to try out my new DSI.
Not willing to brave the <10 degree temperature, made my first attempt through the living room window. :)
Which probably explains why I couldn't focus too well.

I normally wouldn't post this, as I'm not too proud.....but saw the forum has been sort of quite today, so thought I could liven i up a bit. :)
It's ok, you won't hurt my feelings. ;)
Posted Image
<b>Visit Me at:

www.thewyattfamily.org/astronomy
or
http://stevensastron...ogspot.com/</b>

Click to view my sky conditions (Worcester, MA):
<a href=http://cleardarksky.com/c/AnnMrCllgMAkey.html> <img src="http://cleardarksky....cs0.gif?1"></a>

I'm a Meade 4M Supporti

#2 tbnh

tbnh

    Member

  • Members
  • PipPip
  • 17 posts

Posted 22 January 2008 - 06:48 PM

:) get the windex out  ;) but i bet you will like the results from outside, when you get a few post'em.
Good luck :)
Construimus - Batuimus

#3 Philip Pugh

Philip Pugh

    Sir Philip Pugh, AKA Astrochav

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 982 posts
  • LocationBased in South West England and Wales

Posted 23 January 2008 - 09:41 AM

Well its not bad for a first attempt. Have you tried post processing it? I use Paintshop Pro. Things like Clarify and Sharpen will help. It's a bit long to explain here but there's a few books out.

#4 swholden

swholden

    Advanced Member

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 233 posts

Posted 23 January 2008 - 05:39 PM

Haven't done any processing with it.
I'm pretty familiar with PhotoShop, just thought it would be fun to post it since there seemed to be no activity last night. :)

A dirty window was probably the least of my problems.
1) There was the angle of the scope through the window (glare)
2) Lights on in the next room
3) Well, the glass itself
4) Just plan "full" moon (I'm sure...too much light)
5) Patience (or lack there of since I could focus too well).
6) Beer (well, lack there of.....:) ) Not really but thought I would through that in there. There's always plenty of beer @ my house. Which leads me to another question. Who wants to come over and help me learn the DSI? I'll buy the beer!!

So, since I knew I was just playing around, testing, I think I'll just wait until warmer weather when I can spend some time outside with all my equipment and do it right.

But, if after making adjustments with Photoshop there is anything better to post I will.

Cheers all!
<b>Visit Me at:

www.thewyattfamily.org/astronomy
or
http://stevensastron...ogspot.com/</b>

Click to view my sky conditions (Worcester, MA):
<a href=http://cleardarksky.com/c/AnnMrCllgMAkey.html> <img src="http://cleardarksky....cs0.gif?1"></a>

I'm a Meade 4M Supporti

#5 Philip Pugh

Philip Pugh

    Sir Philip Pugh, AKA Astrochav

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 982 posts
  • LocationBased in South West England and Wales

Posted 24 January 2008 - 12:18 AM

You'd have to pay the air fare for me to come over, LOL! I'm in England. I use digital cameras for the Moon and it's just down to continued practice with what works and what doesn't. I sometimes use a neutral density filter for the full moon but, as often as not, I just turn down the sensitivity of the camera.

What telescope do you use? I use a 127mm Maksutov most of the time but sometimes an 80mm refractor or even binoculars when I'm travelling.

#6 swholden

swholden

    Advanced Member

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 233 posts

Posted 24 January 2008 - 09:06 AM

England! Heck, I'll come there. My in-laws are from England, and my wife keeps telling me she wants to go. :) Where about in England are you? My in-laws (although here now) are from some place in Merseyside, I believe Liverpool or there abouts.

I use a Meade ETX125 (127mm-Maksutov-Cassegrain), my first "real" scope. I was using (rarely) an old Tasco 4", but I could see much other than the Moon, until this past summer when I looked at what I thought was a star, a realized it was Jupiter and could even see her moons.
So I knew it was time to upgrade.
I have been in complete aw as to what I have seen with it so far!!
<b>Visit Me at:

www.thewyattfamily.org/astronomy
or
http://stevensastron...ogspot.com/</b>

Click to view my sky conditions (Worcester, MA):
<a href=http://cleardarksky.com/c/AnnMrCllgMAkey.html> <img src="http://cleardarksky....cs0.gif?1"></a>

I'm a Meade 4M Supporti

#7 swholden

swholden

    Advanced Member

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 233 posts

Posted 24 January 2008 - 06:28 PM

Hi again Philip,
So the original image was probably just too bad to improve.
Tried using Photoshop, but no major improvements.

I did zoomin on the image an saw some some strange things.
What do you think they are? :)

[attachment deleted by admin]
<b>Visit Me at:

www.thewyattfamily.org/astronomy
or
http://stevensastron...ogspot.com/</b>

Click to view my sky conditions (Worcester, MA):
<a href=http://cleardarksky.com/c/AnnMrCllgMAkey.html> <img src="http://cleardarksky....cs0.gif?1"></a>

I'm a Meade 4M Supporti

#8 Philip Pugh

Philip Pugh

    Sir Philip Pugh, AKA Astrochav

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 982 posts
  • LocationBased in South West England and Wales

Posted 25 January 2008 - 06:10 AM

England! Heck, I'll come there. My in-laws are from England, and my wife keeps telling me she wants to go. :P Where about in England are you? My in-laws (although here now) are from some place in Merseyside, I believe Liverpool or there abouts.

I use a Meade ETX125 (127mm-Maksutov-Cassegrain), my first "real" scope. I was using (rarely) an old Tasco 4", but I could see much other than the Moon, until this past summer when I looked at what I thought was a star, a realized it was Jupiter and could even see her moons.
So I knew it was time to upgrade.
I have been in complete aw as to what I have seen with it so far!!


I'm in Chippenham, Wiltshire, which is about 250 miles south of Liverpool. My Mak is the same size as yours but doesn't have the electronic stuff. I'd be curious to do some head-to-head comparisons.

It was late last night when I did a shoot and didn;t feel like fetching the Mak, so i just used an 80mm refractor.

Like the atsronaut and flag. I once put my dog on the Moon.

#9 Dave

Dave

    Advanced Member

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 106 posts

Posted 25 January 2008 - 10:34 AM

Hi Philip,

Are you getting any clear skies?

I live in South Cumbria and we haven't had a clear night sky since the week before Christmas.


Not a bad first try considering the circumstances swholden. I'm still waiting to give my DSI III a try.

I'm about 150 miles north of Liverpool.

#10 swholden

swholden

    Advanced Member

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 233 posts

Posted 25 January 2008 - 04:50 PM

Only having been to London (but lived in Paris), I need to "google" where everything is in England. :P

I suspect we'll get there some day. Accomedations wouldn't be too bad with her having family over there, it's the cost of 4 tickets what would get me. But I would like to go to a pub and get "pissing" drunk! :) Or is it just pissed. can't remember.

Anyway, thanks for the encouragement Dave. I'm going to keep trying, I'm not going to give up that easily. :)

We've been fortunate enough to have some nice clear skies over the the last several days, just too cold for to get out there. By the time all is set up, the fun I'm sure would wear off quickly. Which is why I set up by the window. I can get some good views of Saturn, Orion (if I start early enough, otherwise it move to the other side of the house), and others.

I hope my neighbors don't think I'm looking in their windows! :)

Cheers guys! Have a pint for me will ya? I'm partial to Youngs. Or even Speckled Hen....had 2 last night!
<b>Visit Me at:

www.thewyattfamily.org/astronomy
or
http://stevensastron...ogspot.com/</b>

Click to view my sky conditions (Worcester, MA):
<a href=http://cleardarksky.com/c/AnnMrCllgMAkey.html> <img src="http://cleardarksky....cs0.gif?1"></a>

I'm a Meade 4M Supporti

#11 Philip Pugh

Philip Pugh

    Sir Philip Pugh, AKA Astrochav

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 982 posts
  • LocationBased in South West England and Wales

Posted 03 February 2008 - 02:23 PM

Hi Philip,

Are you getting any clear skies?

I live in South Cumbria and we haven't had a clear night sky since the week before Christmas.


Not a bad first try considering the circumstances swholden. I'm still waiting to give my DSI III a try.

I'm about 150 miles north of Liverpool.


Dave, I've been getting odd clear skies but its rained almost continuously since Friday.

To keep up with what I've been doing, try looking here:

http://philippugh.fo...servations.html

#12 Philip Pugh

Philip Pugh

    Sir Philip Pugh, AKA Astrochav

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 982 posts
  • LocationBased in South West England and Wales

Posted 03 February 2008 - 02:24 PM

Only having been to London (but lived in Paris), I need to "google" where everything is in England. :)

I suspect we'll get there some day. Accomedations wouldn't be too bad with her having family over there, it's the cost of 4 tickets what would get me. But I would like to go to a pub and get "pissing" drunk! :) Or is it just pissed. can't remember.

Anyway, thanks for the encouragement Dave. I'm going to keep trying, I'm not going to give up that easily. :)

We've been fortunate enough to have some nice clear skies over the the last several days, just too cold for to get out there. By the time all is set up, the fun I'm sure would wear off quickly. Which is why I set up by the window. I can get some good views of Saturn, Orion (if I start early enough, otherwise it move to the other side of the house), and others.

I hope my neighbors don't think I'm looking in their windows! :)

Cheers guys! Have a pint for me will ya? I'm partial to Youngs. Or even Speckled Hen....had 2 last night!





I have family abroad, too, in Chile. As well as the cost of flights, there's the added complication of our daughter being at a critical stage in school, so she can't get time off during term-time.




0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users