More Stargazing: Supermoon

We missed out on the eclipse that made this week’s supermoon a blood moon as well, but that didn’t stop my neighbour and I from trying to get some good shots of it.

A few years ago Alison bought me a Skywatcher Dobsonian for Xmas – a great telescope for deep sky objects, but unfortunately not that effective in built-up areas with light pollution. Still, even in London I’ve been able to see Jupiter on a clear night. Occasionally when I see something interesting I’ll hold my iPhone up to the lens, but have to fight against the curvature of the lens with the inverted nature of the viewing (everything you see is in reverse) to get a decent shot of something.

That’s no space station.

That’s no space station.

This time around my neighbour, who’s an expert with all things camera wanted to see what we could do by combining forces. He borrowed a Canon EOS 6D (and also gifted me the ring adaptor so I can use it later on with my paltry EOS 350D) and we hooked it up to my Surface Pro 4 running Adobe Lightroom Classic – this let us put the camera in tethered mode so that we could remote control the shots and get instant previews.

Overall we took about fifty shots, in-between positioning the camera, playing with the speed/exposure and also waiting for the telescope and camera to stop moving – also keeping in mind that both the Earth and Moon are moving at the same time.

Pretty amazing results!

Author: Papa Makes

Papa Makes is run by Jim Christian. A keen edtech advocate and author, Jim has written “How to Code in Minecraft” for Dennis Publishing and “How to Think Like a Coder: Without Even Trying!” for Pavilion Books.

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