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Old Aug 10, 2003, 01:17 PM
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My first celestial pics w/digital camera!

Just a few days ago I bought my first digital camera -a Canon PowerShot A70. I took these pictures of the moon with this camera and my Celestron telescope. These are my first efforts in astrophotography and so I'm pleased with the results especially since I took these pics while the telescope was sitting atop an endtable (non-equatorial) with no tracking and the camera itself was only handheld, as I haven't received my camera mount yet.

The original size of the pics were 2048 x 1536! But I've had to shrink them down to 1024 x 768 (or less) to accomodate file upload limits...

I'm still experimenting with all the controls and features of this amazing camera. I'm preparing to take pictures of Mars during it's historic opposition with Earth.

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Old Aug 10, 2003, 01:20 PM
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Another pic...

Here's a closer shot of the moon....

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Old Aug 10, 2003, 01:22 PM
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One more....

Here's a shot of the 58-mile wide crater 'Copernicus'.

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Old Aug 10, 2003, 02:36 PM
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Excellent photos - you must be totally gobsmacked by the quality!

I can't imagine going back to 35mm with its delays in processing etc. Digital is so immediate you can have another go at getting the pic you want, as often as you want.

Great stuff.

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Old Aug 10, 2003, 03:30 PM
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Nice photos Megaton. I was up late last night with my refractor and got my best look at Mars so far this year. The seeing wasn't great but better detail than I've ever seen was popping in and out during moments of steady air. I plan to take alot of digital pics this winter of the Gas Giants.

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Old Aug 10, 2003, 04:06 PM
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Now if you really wanted to impress, you could take some photos of the other side of the moon Seems everyone photographs this side.

They are really great shots, i can't wait to see some from mars when you do.

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Old Aug 10, 2003, 07:25 PM
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Very nice!

I find it very interesting that so many of us that are into R/C are also into Astronomy.

I've had mostly clouds lately, but I hope to get some good digital shots of Mars in the next couple of weeks through my N5.

I have some older Moon and Eclipse files on my website at:

http://www.geocities.com/cphilg/astro.html

The audio may be a bit loud. YMMV.

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Old Aug 10, 2003, 10:00 PM
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I've got an A70 too. Dandy cameras!

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Old Aug 10, 2003, 11:31 PM
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Excellent photos - you must be totally gobsmacked by the quality!

I can't imagine going back to 35mm with its delays in processing etc. Digital is so immediate you can have another go at getting the pic you want, as often as you want.

Great stuff.

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Yes I'm totally "gobsmacked"! I was surprised how easy it was to get this level of quality. I too, can never go back to 35mm -it actually looks like a stone-age tool to me now when compared to a digital model. No more paying $$ to develop film....

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Old Aug 10, 2003, 11:41 PM
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Nice photos Megaton. I was up late last night with my refractor and got my best look at Mars so far this year. The seeing wasn't great but better detail than I've ever seen was popping in and out during moments of steady air. I plan to take alot of digital pics this winter of the Gas Giants.

Greg

I've been observing Mars since July 3 and already it looked bigger than I expected it to be. I've never before viewed Mars during an 'ideal' opposition since that occurs only about every 15-17 yrs and I've only been back to stargazing in the last 8 months after I stopped 20 years ago. Now I'm back and I can't wait till winter -so many goodies to see and take pictures of!

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Now if you really wanted to impress, you could take some photos of the other side of the moon Seems everyone photographs this side.

They are really great shots, i can't wait to see some from mars when you do.

Cheers
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Other side? What other side?? There is no other side -didn't anybody ever tell you that???

I will post Mars pics as well as other interesting celestial sights as they come.

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Old Aug 11, 2003, 12:02 AM
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Very nice!

I find it very interesting that so many of us that are into R/C are also into Astronomy.

I've had mostly clouds lately, but I hope to get some good digital shots of Mars in the next couple of weeks through my N5.

I have some older Moon and Eclipse files on my website at:

http://www.geocities.com/cphilg/astro.html

The audio may be a bit loud. YMMV.


I plan to have my own website too. But I'll have to to build a collection first -a few shots of the moon won't do.

You know I strongly suspected that there were people in this RC forum that were also stargazers. Surely it couldn't be just me...

Oh btw, Meade sucks -Celestron rules!

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Old Aug 11, 2003, 12:05 AM
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I've got an A70 too. Dandy cameras!

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"Dandy"? I KNEW you were from the west coast without even looking at you're location.

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Old Aug 11, 2003, 12:07 AM
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2 more shots...

I'm posting 2 more pics of the moon for all to enjoy...

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Old Aug 11, 2003, 12:09 AM
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2nd Pic

Another pic....
Well that's it for now. Enjoy!

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