Friday, May 13, 2011
I couldn't resist shooting the moon last night. I have never imaged it through my 80mm ED refractor, so set up the CGEM and said scope in the front yard at about 9:30 or so. Interestingly, even after doing a very rough polar align (couldn't see Polaris due to a tree being in the way) and not bothering to level the scope, the scope slewed to the Moon just fine, placing it just outside of the field of view of my camera. After a small correction, it tracked perfectly. I live the CGEM!
Anyway, this shot is a 1/180 second exposure, ISO100. Some modifications done in GIMP, including levels, saturation and unsharp mask.