The Moon – before the eclipse

Well seeing as my galaxy imaging has been interrupted by a beautiful full moon, I decided to take a shot of the moon. If you’re not already aware of it, we’re expecting an eclipse tomorrow night – about 3am (GMT) Thursday morning. Of course I’m forecast a cloudy night but here’s hoping its clear.

_MG_0499-19Feb08-b  Click for larger view …

 

Camera
Optics
Focal Length
Focal Ratio
ISO
Autoguiding?
Subs
Total Exposure
Canon 40D (unmodified)
Canon 500 f4 L IS +x2 extender
1000mm
f14
200
No
1
1/160s

 

I’ve never got really serious about a full moon shot before, deep sky objects are more my thing, but tonight I took much care using the 40D’s live view to focus really accurately and then took a batch of shots because I was chasing the seeing somewhat. I also used the 40D ‘Highlight Priority’ mode, seems to work well.  Anyway I picked what seemed to be the clearest exposure & processed it in Photoshop & voila. A nice change really.

 

 

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