The past few days have been excruciatingly hot, so much so it was the hottest day on record this year. This makes getting any decent photographs in the evening even harder because of atmospheric disturbances in the air. Unfortunately the warm weather has completely taken it out of me during the day, so I haven’t had much chance to get any more photographs while this nice weather has been around. However, with the days getting shorter and nights longer, it will be easier to get longer exposures in the future.
One thing I have yet to do with my new telescope though is get a nice photograph of the moon. I had previously taken photographs of the moon through my Canon 55-250mm lens; these can be seen here.
But last night I finally got my chance to photography our planet’s own satellite. The moon was a nice waxing crescent with a well defined terminator through the sea of tranquility, serenity and causing beautiful shadows in the craters surrounding the sea of nectar.
The angle of sun compared with the moon created this lovely orange glow on the surface, which intensified as it began to set beyond where I could see from my back garden. This photograph was taken without using the go-to function of my EQ5 Pro mount, and was moved manually with the clutches unlocked.
As the 130PDS is a relatively fast scope the moon was very bright, so it only needed 1/8th of a second at ISO 100. To be honest, the shutter speed could have been even faster than that, closer towards 1/100th of a second. If it was taken at a faster shutter speed, the photograph wouldn’t have needed as much post processing to darken the sky and get the contrast at the terminator. Even so, I think this photograph is very natural in that it hasn’t got a heavy contrast applied to it, which in my opinion can spoil a photograph of the moon.
So, that’s another target ticked off my bucket list to capture with my new telescope!
Unfortunately, the next week or so looks very unsettled and the rain is to return for most of next week, but we shall see.
Till then, clear skies!