The Moon with a Smartphone and Binoculars

Waxing gibbous moon on 25.05.2018

Since I was not able to get a better quality shot of the moon with my current camera and objective, I tried using binoculars and a smartphone instead. Finding the right settings and focusing were much easier since the moon appeared larger on the screen, but working with the phone was quite uncomfortable since I had to use the tripod and the display was pointing downwards.

The first image is stacked from a one-minute video with 1888 frames. I used PIPP to crop and the frames and Affinity Photo to stack and post process. The video’s resolution is much less than E-PL7 sensor’s, and the moon does not appear much larger, but more details are visible.

The second image is a stack from four JPEGs (1/1000 sec. f/1.7 4.2 mm ISO 50 B) and was processed like the video. Unfortunately, I did not have enough time capture more frames, and I had to add extra noise reduction in Affinity Photo. The moon is more prominent since the resolution is better, but the image quality is not better due to the small number of frames. I will try a different photo application, with better options for taking a series of photos, in the future.

The third image is a one taken with PEN E-PL7 and 45 mm objective for comparison. The photos taken with smartphone and binoculars show a clear, and I hope that I can get even better quality by switching to RAW and having a decent amount of frames to stack.

Halikko Church – June 2010

Medieval stone church in Halikko, Finland. The church was constructed in the 15th century and extended in the 19th century. The current bell tower was built in 1773. The view is from the north-west. [Source: Halikon seurakunta – Halikon kirkko]

Photo blogging 2017 recap

I wanted to post more this year than in 2016 and I managed to do only two posts and five photos more. It is not much of a success but at least I got back to participating in the Weekly Photo Challenge.

My top games in 2017

According to the Xbox statistics, my most played games this year were Elite: Dangerous and Destiny 2. Contrary to the number of hours played I got the best experience from older single player games I finished this year.

Rise of the Tomb Raider

I have not played the original Tomb Raiders, but I enjoyed the previous instalment of the franchise. Overall the game was enjoyable but feels a bit too much like a plain shooter from time to time. It would also be nice to have the tombs to play a more prominent role in the main plot.

Firewatch

I decided to get Firewatch after getting fed up with grindy experience in Destiny and Elite: Dangerous. I wanted something compact to be able to finish quickly, and I was not disappointed. The game is basically a walking simulator but the art is pretty, and the plot is interesting enough. I also liked the fact that you can try to do some actual role-playing with the conversations. I might even return to the game some time to try out different options.

Assassin’s Creed III

Assassin’s Creed III was a bit of surprise since I am not that much of fan of the series. I got the game years ago for Xbox 360 because I was liked the era and inclusion of sailing. When the game became available through backwards compatibility, I decided to return to the game. I also finished Black Flag this year, and even if it is technically better, I enjoyed the plot and setting of Assassin’s Creed III more.

Rise of the Tomb Raider © 2015 Square Enix Ltd.
Firewatch © 2017 Campo Santo
Assassin’s Creed 3 © 2012 Ubisoft Entertainment

Heidelberg Castle in Winter

Destiny Screenshots IV: Plaguelands

[Destiny © Bungie, Inc.]

Elite Dangerous: Hauler

The trusty Hauler brought in the money for a Cobra Mk. III. Then I sold it.

[Elite Dangerous © 1984 – 2016 Frontier Developments Plc]

My photo blogging 2016 recap

Due to job search and other things I was able to post fewer photographs than I desired. Here you can find a retrospective of the photos I posted during 2016.

Game of the Year: Destiny

Destiny has been around a while but it was still my most played game of the year. It received negative of critique but has improved significantly over the years. I do not have too much time to play games and Destiny is enjoyable as bite-sized chunks: a couple of crucible matches, a strike, a mission, or half an hour of patrolling is easy to fit in the schedule. I even went through the trouble of getting the maximum rank Iron Banner after the Rise of Iron release.

[Destiny © Bungie, Inc.]