First Quarter Moon – 7/31/2017 2h 30m UT

Telescope: Meade LX50 Mak 7 @ f/15 on an LX90 mount
Camera: Baader Modified Canon 550D (Rebel T2i)
Filter Astronomik Clear
Exposure: 3x(10x1/250sec), ISO 1600 saved as RAW
Color Balance: Nebulosity Automatic
Software: Registax, Nebulosity, Panorama Maker, Photoshop

This image does NOT do this telescope justice, but I couldn’t resist trying to take a least a basic set of images as a first attempt to see how this scope will work as a lunar and planetary imager. The setup was pretty simple, I just mounted my 550D on the 2” star diagonal, turned on the mirror lock-up, and used a manual remote switch to take 3 sets of 10 images each for the mosaic. One thing that really impressed me in addition to the extremely sharp image visually, was the flat field.

I’m going to try this again, only this time using BYEOS to take the source images. Ultimately, I’d like to try my ZWO ASI071MC on the moon and a ZWO ASI224MC on Saturn.

So much to try, so few clear nights.

-John

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