Upping my Moon game….

As avid readers know (all two of you) I am partial to a taking a picture of a moon or two (tags: moon) but this time I tried something a little different…

A clear night presented itself last week so armed with my camera and tracking mount I wandered into the parking area to have a go…

My SkyWatcher Star Adventurer tracking mount has a ‘lunar’ setting which really helps keep the moon in frame over a period of time… its not perfect as the mount only moves on one axis but at least means I am not re-framing every couple of minutes and then having to do it again once focused… the mount really helps take that pain away from the session..
Upping my Moon game....

Upping my Moon game....

The 7D2 seems capable of focusing the 100-400 with the 2x TC attached which is handy but I still tethered the tablet and used the DSLR Controller app to help my old eyes out 🙂

I got a Pluto Trigger some time back and not had much chance to use it… the app doesn’t have an obvious intervalometer so I used the time lapse mode and set the shots to 50, interval to 6seconds… set it going and sat back…

Did two runs and ended up with 100 images… In Lightroom I did a 1×1 crop to drop the output file size done a bit and exported as TIFF’s… I then used PIPP (Planetary Imaging PreProcessor) software to prep the images then RegiStax 6 to align and stack the images… RegiStax also has a function called wavelets that help with sharpening due to atmospheric turbulence…

I don’t profess to be an expert at any of this and there is a lot to learn but I muddled through and have to say the results were promising…

I did a single frame edit using my normal methods in Lightroom and Photoshop…

Upping my Moon game....

…compared to the stacked image which had no fiddling in Lightroom other than a whitebalance tweak and a crop…
Upping my Moon game....

Quite a difference!… I think I have a bit more to learn to understand whats what with this but considering this is the same lens and camera body I use for more normal photography it shows what can be done…

I guess I could get better results from dedicated scope etc but that really would require a little more dedication and time than I have plus I am already invested in my current kit so whatever I can do to realise the potential is worth a go 🙂

Links:
PIPP software – https://sites.google.com/site/astropipp/home
RegiStax software – https://www.astronomie.be/registax/index.html
Interesting article on imaging the Moon – https://www.luisargerich.com/blog/2012/10/high-resolution-lunar-images-with-a-dslr

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