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Subject:	guest astrophotography: moon
Sent:	Wednesday, October 6, 2004 13:13:44
From:	Dave Wallace (
For your consideration, this shot of our only natural satellite.  Taken
at approximately 10:45 PM 10/4/04 EDT (0245 on 5 October, 2004 UT),
which was only a few minutes after moonrise.  Equipment: ETX-90 optical
tube on photographic tripod with Canon EOS Digital Rebel 300D camera at
prime focus (Meade variable eyepiece projection adapter with no eyepiece
installed).  Exposure: ISO 800 at 1/5 second with the telescope
operating at approximately f/22 (an estimate based on the magnification
obtained).  Processing: color cast correction, contrast enhancement,
flip, rotate, crop, unsharp mask and down-sampled by a factor of about 3
(Adobe Photoshop Elements).


End of today's update
Subject:	hi mike!! Here are some of my recent moon  pics
Sent:	Sunday, August 22, 2004 13:00:13
From:	hsonen (
Im Hasan(21) from Northern Cyprus. Im currently a medical student in
Turkey.   I have been impressed by your mighty ETX site since 4 years.
And encoureged me to buy an ETX 125 EC! It was a great choice and thx
for the reviews in your site..:)

Anyway I have recently bought a Canon EOS 300D and a T-adapter, Really
cool camera for astrophotgraphy, Im sending some of my first moon which
have impressed me so much..Maybe you like them and put it on your

How I took Photo Number1: Took 4 images and merged in Adobe Photoshop, 1/40 at 1600 ISO, Prime focus on ETX 125, Once shapened and adjusted contrast in Photoshop. Here is my 2nd photo. Auto leveled in photoshop...and adjusted contrast manually. This is an image taken at 1/60
Here is the 3rd. This is also 2 images merged in photoshop, taken at 1/125. No brightness or contrast adjustments.
Thank you very much for reading my mail. Hasan O. nen

End of 24 August update
Subject:	Astrophotography with Canon A70
Sent:	Thursday, August 5, 2004 16:00:24
From:	Robert Edmondson (
I was considering buying Meade's Autostar Suite and LPI package as an
inexpensive entre into the world of astrophotography, but after reading
through some of the reviews I began to see that there are many other
options "outside the box."  I am sure that the Meade product is fine for
the money, but when I read about the successes other people have had
with modified webcams and digital cameras, I thoguht I should at least
try out my Canon A70 before I bought anything.  Rather than wait to
learn about the optimal ISO speeds and exposure settings for the
different phases of the Moon, I just turned off the flash, set the
camera to B/W, extended the 3X zoom, and got started.

I did not expect much because I would be holding the camera rather than
using a mount of some sort, but by happy coincidence the high eye-cup of
my Vixen Lanthanum IV eyepieces fit snugly around the main camera lens,
and the extended zoom was just the right depth inside to hold it steady
about my ETX-70 - enough to image the moon when it was low on the
horizon.  I decided to buy the $60 adapter kit from ScopeTronix because
I was very pleased with the results of my first night out.  When you
look at my picture keep in mind that I live on the SW side of Phoenix so
I am viewing the moon low on the horizon across the entire city after a
108-degree afternoon.  I used my 6mm Vixen Lanthanum eyepiece and a Moon
filter.  I am anxiously awaiting the arrival of my adapter, and learning
how to use the AstroStack ( software I have read such
good reviews about.

- Robert

End of 8 August update
Subject:	which camera?
Sent:	Friday, May 21, 2004 16:16:34
From:	Ethan Smith (
I've been logging into your site for months now. Great info!

I own a Meade LXD55 6" refractor and a Canon EOS Rebel SLR that I have
had for a while. Wanted to know your thoughts on using a digital Rebel
versus a logitech quickcam pro4000. I know that the rebel costs $1000 or
so and a webcam is around $100.

I modified my quickcam express, but it has the cmos chip and not the
ccd. I'd like to get into some serious digital photos, since I have used
35mm for about 10 years now. Not sure about a dedicated ccd for just
astronomy. If I was to spend the $1000, I'd want to use the camera for
other things as well.

Thank you for your help and time.

Ethan Smith
Mike here: I've seen some really nice digital Rebel photos.

End of 23 May update
Subject:	I have a picture for your website.
Sent:	Sunday, April 25, 2004 13:02:03
From:	"harry east" (
I took this picture on the 24/04/04 in the UK with an ETX 105EC and a
Canon Powershot A300 digital camera. The image was taken through a 32 mm
meade plossl eyepiece.



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