Astronomy, in general is expensive hobby. The telescope itself requires some investment. However it is not impossible to find bargains and to get decent one for farely afordable price. Every beginner starts wondering what telescope to choose. There is no universal solution. Mostly because you have to ask yourself what would like to do the telescope. Sometimes the disappointed comes form the fact that it is not what one could expect to see. My telescope is good for beginner. It is 6' reflector and the mount is not the best one but what I can see despite the light pollution is what I was prepared for.
Looking at the fantastic pictures of the amateur astronomers of galaxies and nebulae and the planets you have to know that they have invested in gear and time. It is not just a click on the shutter of a camera.
So, the question I was asking myself when I bought my telescope was could I make any photos at all? I looked around and I could not afford a camera at the moment. It must be DSRL and now being so much interested in photography I will have better idea what camera to buy.
Those of you who are following my posts with lunar photos already know that I use the smartphone camera and now I would like to show how I made the images of the Moon like these below.
Simply I put the phone next to the eyepiece of the telescope and try to stay calm and not to shake.
Sometimes I even hold my breath. But the mount not being very stable causes vibrations with every touch.
There are cheap holders that can be used and recently I bought this one. They can avoid the slight motions that can distroy the photo.
It is adjusted to the width of the phone and the top circle part is placed behind the camera.
It also can be used with different eyepeces.
Next let's see it assembled on the telescope.
So far, so good. The sky was clear and I took the telescope on the balcony. The Moon was shining bright and it was perfect for lunar images.
Here you can see that the light pollution is pretty much, but I still can observe the planets. I can't though make pictures with the phone. Mars appeared on the screen like a red spot. So, I focused on the Moon.
The next is to follow the Moon on the sreen and if you like to play with the settings of the phone camera then you can explore further more.
Some of the images were made with extra Barlow lens to magnify the picture, but then I got just a part of the surface on the screen. Something I will work on it for better images.
The first collage is made with images of the Moon I took last night. Below is a selection of shots from Friday night.
Now I use Lightroom app to edit the photos. As you can see it does not require much to start with.
Hope this was helpful tutorial and that you enjoyed to see the lunar craters.
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