Waxing Gibbous Moon – 8/1/2017 2h 0m UT

Telescope: Meade LX50 Mak 7 @ f/15 on an LX90 mount
Camera: Baader Modified Canon 550D (Rebel T2i)
Filter Astronomik Clear
Exposure: 3x(10x1/320sec), ISO 1600 saved as RAW
Color Balance: Nebulosity Automatic
Software: Backyard EOS, Registax, Nebulosity, Panorama Maker, Photoshop

This is my second attempt at lunar imaging with the LX50 Mak 7. This time I used BYEOS to take a series of 32 images for each of the 3 panels that make up this mosaic. However, I found that neither Registax nor Autostakkert could handle the field rotation very well, so I was limited to stacking only 10 from each set. Still, the result was better than my first image. I am curious to see how well the ZWO ASI071MC will work. Since it can take images much faster than my DSLR I should be able to easily take 32 or more images with very little field rotation. I may also move the scope onto a wedge for lunar and planetary imaging.

So much to try, so few clear nights!

-John

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