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#1 firemouth

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Posted 29 December 2007 - 08:28 PM

Hi everyone!
I got this scope for my 10 year old daughter to get her involved in the hobby of stargazing!
http://www.walmart.c...duct_id=6497741

I used to use a 60mm with my father back in the day, so this is all new to me.
I loaded the software that came with the camera today and took a pic of a sign 1500ft away using the 2X's barlow and the camera.

This is the best focus I could get...
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I hope it gets better taking shots of the Moon as that is what we are very interested in.

Perhaps there is better cameras and software that is available for this beginner scope.
The views of the Moon with the 2X's barlow lens and the 2.5mm eyepiece was incredibly awesome!
Crater detail was superb and surprisingly clear!
The 9mm eyepiece just blurred everything and could not get the detail, but was able to see more stars off in the distance.

The Moon rises at 11pm at my zip code tonight, so I will stay up and try some more stuff. Wish me luck!
Rich
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#2 Mark Sibole

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Posted 29 December 2007 - 09:03 PM

Its hard to judge terrestial images.
You got a lot of ground heat and turbulances that will make an image fuzzy and not seem to come to focus.
You should have better luck on the moon.
Remember the more power you use or higher magnification things can get fuzzy if youi dont have good seeing conditions.
Try shooting it with no barlow first then go to a 2 x barlow and see if conditions will allow the magnification.
Also remember a single exposure usually will be a bit grainy or fuzzy.
Thats why many images you see are a stack of multiple images for clarity.
You can use a program called registax to stack an avi file from the individual frames.
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Posted 30 December 2007 - 07:54 AM

Thanks for the reply.
Does stacking mean taking the same photo and layering it over and over itself?

I take Macro shots of corals like this...
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so, I have some photo experience, but am unaware of the techniques used for camera/telescopes.

Are there books I can read or sites I can visit to explain more?
Are there any downloads that will make things easier?

My main goal for now is to get a good, clear pic of the Moon. That would be a major achievement!

Thanks again!
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#4 Mark Sibole

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Posted 30 December 2007 - 08:24 AM

Yes  stacking means take all of the images and lay them on top of each other.
Registax is probably one of the best programs for this.
here are some links to help explain more on this.
http://www.skyinsigh.../Image_Stacking
http://www.tawbaware.com/imgstack.htm
http://www.astronomie.be/registax/
http://www.astrostack.com/



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#5 Philip Pugh

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Posted 21 January 2008 - 04:55 AM

You can also use Paintshop Pro or Photoshop to tidy the shots up.




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