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The Moon 5-27-13
The Moon 5-27-13 at Orion Store
The Moon 5-27-13 at Orion Store
My experience started when I was 4, and pointed a toy telescope at the moon--and, wanting to take a picture of it, I put my Mom's brownie camera on the back of the telescope, and using the focusing lens, focused the telescope, then put the taking lens on the telescope and took pictures---and they came out!! Every since then, I've enjoyed astrophotography, photomicrography, and simply taking pictures.....I was a Combat Photographer during the Viet Nam War, and still take pictures to this day. I don't have a favorite viewing location (yet), nor do I have one object which is my favorite....however, my Orion equipment is the 127,,. a 6" Cass, 8" Cass, 8"RFT, and of course, the 8" Reflector. The mount I use is an older Sirius EQ-G, and I have various filters, eyepices and other things to help me with my viewing and my photography.
Details
Date Taken: 05/27/2013
Photographer: Phillip R.
Location: Sacramento, CA
Camera: Orion Apex 127mm Maksutov-Cassegrain Telescope
Other Camera: Nikon D5000
Processing: Lightroom 4
Exposure: 1/500 sec
Notes: THIS WAS HANDHELD---I put the telescope on a tripod, but part of the tripod broke off and was not able to handle the telescope's weight---so, with my camera connected via a T-ring adaptor, and using my arms and knees as a brace, I sat down, pointed the telescope in the direction of the moon, focused, and the result of that is what you see here---it took only 6 frames for me to get it centered and right!! The telescope is a bit heavy, but if you are careful and brace yourself, it makes a WONDERFUL long telephoto lens to work with!!

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