Helicon's First Ever Astrophoto: Subject the Moon

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Helicon's First Ever Astrophoto: Subject the Moon

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Post by helicon » Sat Feb 08, 2020 3:16 pm

I snapped this last night at 10:07 PM Pacific utilizing my Z10 at 40x coupled with a Google Pixel XL Phone held over the path of light from the eyepiece, hence a poor man's version of eyepiece projection. It was a dewy night so there was a slight bit of condensation on the eyepiece glass, considering the moon was full and not very detailed here is the pic. (Well, at least you can tell it's the moon)
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Post by UlteriorModem » Sat Feb 08, 2020 3:39 pm

Pretty cool! Yea you can see the condensation!

And so it begins :D
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Post by jerrysykes » Sat Feb 08, 2020 3:53 pm

Looks good, Michael. Way better than the first picture I tried years ago.

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Post by helicon » Sat Feb 08, 2020 4:56 pm

Thank You...it is a humble effort to be sure but hopefully I will improve, currently evaluating what gear to get as I transition into AP.
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Post by Thefatkitty » Sat Feb 08, 2020 4:56 pm

Nicely done Michael! A full Moon is always a challenge (at least for me), especially afocal. I think ya done good :D

The dark side seems to get us all, one way or another... ;)

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Post by UlteriorModem » Sat Feb 08, 2020 5:07 pm

helicon wrote:
Sat Feb 08, 2020 4:56 pm
Thank You...it is a humble effort to be sure but hopefully I will improve, currently evaluating what gear to get as I transition into AP.
Put your money where your mount is :D
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Post by notFritzArgelander » Sat Feb 08, 2020 5:41 pm

helicon wrote:
Sat Feb 08, 2020 4:56 pm
Thank You...it is a humble effort to be sure but hopefully I will improve, currently evaluating what gear to get as I transition into AP.
Nice.

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Post by Mac » Sat Feb 08, 2020 5:52 pm

And so it begins. Keep track of your coins now...
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Post by JimMinCT » Sat Feb 08, 2020 6:32 pm

Nice Evil Orb, Michael...
Be careful..... That first step is a doooooozy! :)
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Post by Don Quixote » Sat Feb 08, 2020 6:37 pm

Without reference to any rabbit holes, I say you have captured a beautiful image Michael.
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Post by Ylem » Sat Feb 08, 2020 6:48 pm

Kinda cool looking, very surreal :)
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Post by Makuser » Sat Feb 08, 2020 7:42 pm

Hi Michael. A very nice afocal image of the moon with your Google Pixel XL Phone. This is a very good first astrophoto, and any capture that you can post is great work!
Thanks for sharing this with us on here Michael, and now on to your next astrophotography adventure. :clap:
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Post by Juno16 » Sat Feb 08, 2020 8:01 pm

helicon wrote:
Sat Feb 08, 2020 3:16 pm
I snapped this last night at 10:07 PM Pacific utilizing my Z10 at 40x coupled with a Google Pixel XL Phone held over the path of light from the eyepiece, hence a poor man's version of eyepiece projection. It was a dewy night so there was a slight bit of condensation on the eyepiece glass, considering the moon was full and not very detailed here is the pic. (Well, at least you can tell it's the moon)

moon_image.jpg
Really nice job Michael!

Despite the condensation, your image looks really good! Maybe a little less exposure might bring out more detail.

It is really fun "capturing" stuff!
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Post by helicon » Sat Feb 08, 2020 8:11 pm

I'll try again tonight and see if I can do any better...
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Post by helicon » Sat Feb 08, 2020 9:37 pm

Hi folks. I decided to play around with another of the photos I took which I think offers more detail. I expanded and cropped the image a bit.
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Post by UlteriorModem » Sat Feb 08, 2020 10:30 pm

Not bad. It's a little cooked. I don't know if you can adjust the iso on that camera or not but if you can might want to back it off a little :D
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Post by helicon » Sat Feb 08, 2020 10:39 pm

Yeah Tom. I've been spending some time this afternoon googling about Pixels and AP. Apparently the Pixel 3 has a low-light level AP mode you can turn on. Can't find anything for the Pixel 1 (which I have) but I am trying to see if I can reduce exposure time slightly to avoid the image washout.
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Post by Thefatkitty » Sun Feb 09, 2020 12:00 am

Just a thought Michael, I used to use a digital point and shoot for afocal with good results. If you happen to have one laying about it might be the way to go...
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Post by Bigzmey » Sun Feb 09, 2020 12:17 am

Cool shot Michael!
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Post by SkyHiker » Sun Feb 09, 2020 12:27 am

helicon wrote:
Sat Feb 08, 2020 10:39 pm
Yeah Tom. I've been spending some time this afternoon googling about Pixels and AP. Apparently the Pixel 3 has a low-light level AP mode you can turn on. Can't find anything for the Pixel 1 (which I have) but I am trying to see if I can reduce exposure time slightly to avoid the image washout.
Pixel 3? Those cameras have their limitations. I recommend getting an equatorial motorized tracking mount then let's talk about pixels. Welcome to the club!
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