Gibbous Moon: 17 September 2021

Last night, for the first time in a while, I broke out the telescope. I thought I would try for a shot of the moon, two days before it is full. Being a bit before full moon, the image shows a lot of detail around the limb (left side of the images) that would be washed out at full moon.

The telescope is an Orion 120mm refractor (focal length 1,000mm; f/6.3). The camera was the Olympus Pen-F at prime focus. The settings were 1/160 second at ISO 200.

The raw file was processed in Photoshop with some enhancement using Luminar and then Topaz noise reduction and a little sharpening.

The biggest challenge was getting good focus because the whole rig is not very rigid. Nevertheless, I thought the result was reasonably sharp. Even the crops, which are only about 20% of the full frame, hold together.

(You can click on the images to see larger versions.)

~ by Rsmith on September 18, 2021.

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