First Crater


Mark Stronge
  Comber, County Down, Northern Ireland
Photo Title
  First Crater
Time and Date taken
  November 2002
Equipment used
  Meade LX90 8inch SCT, MaxView 40mm eyepiece coupled afocally to camera
Capturing device used
  Minolta Dimage 7 5Mp
Technical details
  5 single exposures stacked in Registax

Hi, Mark and Nigel Stronge here with our first effort at astrophotography. The telescope we use is a Meade LX90. This is a 8inch SCT equipped with Autostar. The photos were taken using eyepiece projection with a 2x Barlow and a 26mm Plossl using a Digi-T adapter from Scopetronix to mount a Minolta Dimage 7 digital camera. We were experimenting with various techniques of taking photos.  We are still experimenting to see what techniques give the best performance but so far the atmospheric conditions have been our hindrance. These were the first photos that we have tried to take with the telescope. We are finding it difficult to focus using eyepiece projection and we may also try using a webcam as suggested in October's "Sky At Night".

1st image of moon

Again, this was taken using the Dimage 7 with 5 images stacked in Registax. Notice the vignetting due to the large lens size of the camera. The large crater near the center is Bullialdus.



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