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Saturday, May 30th, 2009
 I was planning to do some imaging tonight.......since the early evening clouds cleared.......but it seemed to be a perfect night to let my son Tony (age 9) try his hand at some afocal shots of the moon.    It was well-positioned and quarter phase is a good time for pictures, as well as for observing.
 
I will let him post his pictures and his comments on his own journal but I will post a sneak peek here.   He did great......better than mine.   He shot handheld, through a 25mm eyepiece on his 6" Dob with a Kodak point and shoot camera on full automatic.   There is some blue fringing which happens when you have 2 pieces of glass (camera lens and eyepiece) at a slight angle to each other, and some over-exposed areas due to the camera's auto exposure limitations.   But, cropped and toned down a bit, the final image is pretty darn good.
 
I can image another night.  It was fun seeing Tony's excitement.    He even had an audience.  Several neighbors showed up to see what we were doing.   One guy said he had not looked through a telescope since he was a kid.   He was impressed with a close up view of the moon.  "Whoooa......you can see craters and everything"!   LOL
 
Here's one of Tony's shots......cropped and de-brightened:
 


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Comments:
On 05/31/09 at 12:30pm Miquel wrote:
Awesome moon!!! I love it!!!



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