Who can resist a Full Moon? It’s been a few months since my last astrophotography effort, but I’m having fun with the Moon at the moment – it’s quick and easy and still high impact. So I went outside for September’s Full Moon (actually about 99% waning) and captured these images.
I used my ED80 and modded Canon 40D as with the April and May Full Moon’s, and also like those, I produced a colour saturated version and a black and white version – take your pick, it’s all personal taste
The Moon barely fits the DSLR field of view with the ED80 and 2x barlow/extension, so I capture in 2 lots – the top half and the bottom half (with enough overlap), process each separately, and then combine them using AutoPano Pro.
This time I captured about 70 images each, and stacked about 40 in Registax. The seeing wasn’t great but there was enough usable frames to give a sharp image.
I’m actually going to write a How-To for capturing and processing these colour saturated Moon images – so stay tuned. I took screenshots during my processing yesterday, so most of the work is done. I’ll hopefully have it live next week.
Here’s the black and white version for the purists
Only just over a month until IISAC2011 now, so I’ll have to use the September New Moon period to try capturing some timelapse or longer exposure images so I can be prepared for IISAC.
Thanks for looking, your comments or feedback are always welcome.