Full Moon

I’ve done less astro-photography so far this year, due to an unfortunate combination of equipment malfunction, purchase of two new ZWO cameras, weather conditions and health issues.

So I decided to revisit some of the images I managed to take earlier in the year with the new cameras, to test new processing procedures.

First up is this Lunar image, which is from a different original file as this earlier post from the same night, using different image stacking and processing procedures.

Object Details:

Moon Visual magnitude: -11.8
Apparent diameter: 32.7 arc min
Actual diameter: 3475 km
Distance: 365,487 km
New Moon: +17 days


Exposure: AVI capture of 2 seconds @30 fps.
Date: 2017-02-02.
Location: Leumeah, NSW.
Sky: outer suburban.
Cloud: partly cloudy.
Processing software: PIPP, VDub, Registax5, Gimp.
Cropping: yes.


Imaging telescope: Skywatcher Esprit 120ED Super APO triplet refractor.
Focal length: 840 mm, focal ratio: f/7.
Imaging camera: ZWO ASI 071MC Pro.
Telescope mount: SkyWatcher EQ6-R.
Polar aligning: QHYCCD PoleMaster.
Field flattener: yes; filter: no.
Imaging software: SharpCap 3.0

Observing Notes:

This session was my first experimental use of two new astro-cameras.

The image was taken less than 48 hours after a lunar eclipse, which was completely clouded out at my locality.

Image Log:

[ZWO ASI071MC Pro]
Debayer Preview=On
Output Format=AVI files (*.avi)
Capture Area=4944×3284
Colour Space=RAW8
Hardware Binning=Off
Turbo USB=80(Auto)
Frame Rate Limit=Maximum
Timestamp Frames=Off
White Bal (B)=99
White Bal (R)=60
Cooler Power=0
Target Temperature=0
Auto Exp Max Gain=300
Auto Exp Max Exp M S=30000
Auto Exp Target Brightness=100
Mono Bin=Off
Anti Dew Heater=Off
Apply Flat=None
Subtract Dark=None
Display Brightness=1
Display Contrast=1
Display Gamma=1

Image © R.Powell


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