Wednesday, August 15, 2012

On Telescopes and Cameras: The Aegean Moon

During my visit in Tinos, Cyclades, I managed to pack and assemble a nice pair of telescope + camera, in a night with a half moon over the Aegean sea.

The telescope was a MEADE DS 2130 ATX (1020 mm), equipped with a 2X Barlow Lens and a NIKON mount ring (total cost around 500 EUR - slighthly more than half of the 18-200 Nikon zoom, which was not needed during the photoshoot).

The NIKON D90 body was mounted without ny lens and used to control the sutter speed and ISO, as focusing was done with the telescope knob (the weak part in the whole system).

Amazingly though, you could see the moon through the NIKON screen, even have video.

The main picture is below (with some edge recognition):



Mostly interesting thought was the video capabilities and result.  You can see the moon moving at real time below:

video


What we really see at the video, is the moon moving with a speed of 1 Km / second, covering a distance of 60 km in almost one minute.


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