Crescent Moon over Rooftops

Shortly after the sunset, the orange waxing crescent moon shines through a thin layer of clouds. The rooftops form a black silhouette in the foreground.

Waxing Gibbous Moon November 2020

Waxing gibbous Moon (62%) on 24.10.2020 eight and half days in the lunar cycle, one day after the first quarter half-moon. Explorer 150P-DS on N-EQ3-2 Pro with an aluminium tripod. Stacked with Affinity Photo. Edited with Affinity Photo and DxO PhotoLab 4.

The Moon with 150 mm zoom objective

I recently purchased the very reasonably priced M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 40‑150mm F4‑5.6 R zoom objective. I got mainly for terrestrial subjects but gave it a quick test in moon photography. The image is better than using a smartphone and binoculars, but no match for the telescope. With 150 mm focal length there is no need…

Gibbous Moon March and April 2019

Equipment Equipment: Sky-Watcher Explorer 150P-DS Sky-Watcher N-EQ3-2 with aluminium tripod Olympus PEN E-PL7 2x Barlow lens (Full disc shot without the Barlow) Software PIPP Auto Stakkert! 3 Polarr Photo Editor Adobe Premiere Rush CC Music in the video: Ether Oar by The Whole Other

Copernicus crater through 150/750 Newton telescope

The final processed image shown at the end of the video is the one from My First Telescope. I used a trial version of Adobe Premiere Rush to compose the video. The user experience was much better than the open source editor I used for the previous Moon video, but the software was sluggish even…

The Moon through 150/750 Newton telescope

While figuring out which telescope to purchase, I searched for examples of how different targets would look through various telescopes. There are a lot of pretty heavily processed long exposure photos available, but it is harder to find examples of how things would appear when looking through the ocular. I found some videos of the…

My first telescope

About a year ago I started to think about getting a telescope, and I have finally acquired one. After considering alternatives and consulting with the dealer, I ended up with a SkyWatcher Explorer 150PDS. It is a 150 mm aperture and 750 mm focal length Newtonian reflector instead of an achromatic refractor that I had…

The Moon with Binoculars and a Camera

To get a more detailed picture of the Moon, I tried taking a photo with my system camera through the binoculars. While this was indeed possible, it was difficult to align the camera correctly, and even then the resulting image was blurry. I had to use 3×3 binning in PIPP to get a sharp image. …

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…