posted on May, 5 2009 @ 12:45 PM
reply to post by ngchunter
I only use raw mode, and never stack the moon images.
The main reason for stacking is to increase detail as you know, its great for the planets and dso's and anything else that is hard to get the detail
The moon is an excellant target without stacking provided the sky is co-operating. If you just want to get a nice colour image of the moon its the
easiest thing to do. Take lots of raws, I recommend 20 at least. go through them til you find one that merits working with.
I then take that image into Iranview, (freeware), and adjust the gamma to reduce the glare, voila, the posted image is the result. Sometimes the
easiest approach is the best approach. Try it that way and I'm sure you'll be delighted. Also I use the camera's white balance. KISS principle is
my favourite way of getting most things done. Of course Murphy's law can enter the scene, but just shew old Murphy away! :>)
I don't use manual mode for the moon, I use Program mode and let the camera due the exposure level. I also use mirror lockup even though my mount is
an isolated concrete pier in the observatory. That way your not wasting shots.
After the gamma adjust, just save it as a jpg, and post it here for all to enjoy. With your equipment you will have fantastic results I'm sure.
Oh for stacking I always use K3CCD..for planets, and others for dso.
Your mileage may vary, thats just my preferences for the moon.
Thanks for your most welcome comments.