Tuesday, December 09, 2008

This was my plan..

I figured if I focused my telescope on the Moon,and then stuck my camera lens up to the telescope's lens,I just might be able to get a decent close-up of our faithful sattelite!
Well,..it ain't as easy as it sounds.

At high magnification,the Moon travels across the field faster than it appears to the naked eye,and you have to keep adjusting the tracking to keep up with it.
Plus!..You can't just put the camera lens directly in contact with the telescopic lens,..oh no..You have to keep it about 1/4 inch away,or the whole thing blacks out.
..and then find the image,follow it,wait for the camera to auto-focus,and then snap the shutter at just the right moment without shaking the camera,or bumping the telescope!..

Anyjiggle,..that's the name of that tune.

If,after about 37 tries,you take your best effort into Photoshop,and tweak it just a little...

Oh sure,..they do make cameras that will attach to the scope,and eliminate all that song and dance,..but what fun is that?

EDIT: For the astronomical purists among you that have noticed that the Moon is upside down,and want a scientific explanation for this phenomenon,the image is reversed because of,..stuff.



At 9:46 PM , Blogger yellowdog granny said...

ooooooh~ I like that..
plum purty..

At 3:17 AM , Blogger Doralong said...

Stuff is a perfectly acceptable answer as far as I'm concerned.


At 8:06 AM , Blogger LostInColor said...

Very nice! Did you use a filter?? The image view, reversed and/or inverted is because of Optics! If the image passes through a lens, it will be inverted, if it bounces off a mirror it will be reversed. What kind of telescope do you have????

At 8:34 AM , Blogger Sling said...

Yellerdawg- I'm mostly pleased with it.
Actually,the Moon is a little too close to full for a really good picture..too bright.

doralong- I'm hoping LostinColor will come along,and give a more accurate explanation.

Lost- HA! ;)..see how I did that?

I have a Meade Model 60AD-AZ telescope.
It's not expensive,less than a hundred bucks,but lot's o' fun!..I used a 25mm telescopic lens,..no filter,.and took the picture with my Nikon Coolpix model S5 digital camera.

At 8:41 AM , Blogger sageweb said...

That is a really cool picture! Amazing with all the scientic stuff how you pulled that off. I have a hard time finding the moon through a telescope.

At 8:51 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice try, Sling. But we all know why you bought that telescope.

At 10:01 AM , Blogger Sling said...

Sage- It's not hard to find,you just basically point the 'scope in that general direction.
The bitch is keeping it still long enough to photograph, :)

JP- I got it for puely scientific purposes!
..Anatomy is a science,right?

At 10:22 AM , Blogger jan said...

The moon would be highly honored by a picture such as this one.

At 2:04 PM , Blogger Random Thinker said...

Stuff happens, isn't that what they say? Nice pic.

At 3:39 PM , Blogger billy pilgrim said...

planets and telescopes!

holy christ, you are a renaissance man!

At 3:43 PM , Blogger rosemary said...

I wouldn't know if it was upside down or not....but it does look a bit egg shaped...damn maybe that's why my cholesterol is high....i howl at the moon!!!

At 6:38 PM , Blogger Miss Healthypants said...

Loved the ending--LOL! :) That's a great pic! :)

At 6:40 PM , Blogger Miss Healthypants said...

P.S. That telescope would work great to gaze at our hotel "neighbors" across the street from our place. :)

At 6:50 PM , Blogger booda baby said...

Really? You can make a telescope work? Whoever invented deserves some kind of award, but the one who can help me actually focus and find anything - there's big bucks in THAT. I'll have to save up, but I AM willing to pay.

At 7:50 PM , Blogger Sling said...

Jan/Thinker- Thanks kids! :)

Billy P.- I share the same birthday as Isaac Newton you know..but I don't suppose he's braggin' about it.

Rosie- Wearing a necklace of garlic around your neck may help lower your cholesterol,and stifle that urge to howl at the Moon.

Miss HP- Could you see Buck's house from there?..wave 'Hi' for me. :)

Booda Babe- You have a telescope?
Point it at the brightest 'stars' in the southern sky.That's where all the planets and such pretty much hang out.
..don't put your eye out!

At 8:17 PM , Blogger more cowbell said...

That's gorgeous! And what an interesting photo caption ...

At 6:35 AM , Blogger Lorraine said...

(whispers: There was brown liquor involved, wasn't there?)

At 8:00 AM , Blogger Sling said...

Cowbelle- It is kinda pretty. :)

Rainey- Like most scientific breakthroughs,this was alcohol induced.
..You just know Einstein was ripped to the tits on schnapps when he came up with Relativity.

At 8:00 PM , Blogger Middle Child said...

Whats upside down when you are photographing the moon...? is there an upside down in the universe?

And down under as we are referred to here in australia, why could that not be referred to as on top...I have seen a map of the world drawn with the south pole at the top, and the true size of the old world and the new world in proper proportions and it is almost unrecognisable...the mnoon looks fine to me and if not stuff happens.

At 8:42 PM , Blogger Sling said...

Middle Child- You make an excellent point!
There really is no upside down in space.
I've seen those kind of maps you're talking about,and they are pretty bizarre..

At 9:51 PM , Blogger Mom said...

Nice moon shot! The moon looks 15% bigger and 30% brighter tonight than normal. It was a beautiful full moon.

At 10:51 PM , Blogger Sling said...

mom- I was really looking forward to tonight's harvest moon,and it is totally overcast here in O-Town!...ratz.

At 8:53 AM , Blogger Kimberly Ann said...

Great photo.
Who needs Hubble when we have Sling?

At 6:08 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice shot - makes for a great poster. You know the crexcent moon in my banner - I took that one just by pointing my camera up at the sky.


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