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First Light on a Nearly Full Moon

Originally published March 13, 2004


Image Credit: Mark Stronge

First Light on a Nearly Full Moon

A new telescope brings great joy, anticipation and too often, clouds. Here is a first light image by Mark Stronge of Northern Ireland of the nearly full Moon of March 5th. Mark followed the now standard procedure of combining multiple ccd images and got a first image to be proud of with good sharpness and tonal contrast. Along the limb are the large craters Bailly in the south and Hevelius near the equator.

Technical Details:
This first light image was taken Friday 5th March at 00:45hrs UT with my new Orion ED 80mm refractor on a Vixen GP mount. Image captured using a Minolta Dimage 7, 5 mega-pixel camera coupled afocally to a Scopetronix MaxView 40mm eyepiece. Exposure was f2.8, 1/1000 second shutter and ISO100. 12 images were photographed, then aligned and stacked in Registax. Final processing was done in Paint Shop Pro.

Related Links:
Stronge Astrophotography
Orion 80mm ED Apochromatic refractor

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Author & Editor:
Charles A. Wood



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