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Lunar Mosaic – 10” LX6 – 4/21/2013 2h UT


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#1 JohnGraham

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Posted 20 April 2013 - 07:53 PM

Telescope: Meade LX6 10” f/6.3 in manual altaz mode
Camera: Canon Rebel T2i, wired remote switch
Filter: None
Exposure: 6x1/500sec, ISO 800 saved as RAW
Software: Digital Photo Professional, Nebulosity 2, Panorama Maker 3, Registax 6, Photoshop CS5

This is a simple test image taken with my 10” Meade LX6 configured in a manual altaz mode. I used a wired remote switch and the mirror lock-up function to raise the mirror, pause about 5 seconds to let vibrations settled, and then trip the shutter. The source images were converted from RAW to TIFF, and then binned 4x4 in Nebulosity to reduce their size and improve the signal to noise. The 6 source images were aligned and combined in Panorama Maker, sharpened using mild wavelets in Registax, then rotated, cropped, and resized in Photoshop.

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Posted 21 April 2013 - 07:04 AM

Looks like you have a great scope, John!

What you are doing is inspirational!

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Posted 21 April 2013 - 01:30 PM

Pretty fantastic. May I ask, just how is your Canon actually connected to the scope?
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Posted 21 April 2013 - 02:19 PM

My camera is fitted with an EOS to T-thread adapter and a T-thread to 2" adapter. This slips into my 2" visual back. Fairly simple.

-John

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Posted 22 April 2013 - 07:03 PM

Thank you for your reply. So you are using "prime focus" astrophotography. Impressive results.
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#6 Philip Pugh

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Posted 29 April 2013 - 11:06 PM

One of the best "full disc" images I've ever seen.

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Posted 15 May 2013 - 06:08 AM

Ow, the moon is also overthere? I though it was an Spanish thing! (JUST KIDDING!!!!!!!!!!)

Great picture John, very well taken.

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Posted 18 May 2013 - 03:57 PM

Thanks! I am about to get my LX6 up on a wedge. I'm curious to see what I can do with it with basic deepsky imaging.

-John




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