My first real astrophotoDale Ghent | May 5, 2008
I took this photo of the 1st half Moon while at the April 10 HAL star party at Alpha Ridge Park, Maryland.
Although I’ve taken many photos through my telescopes, I really consider this one to be my first “real” astrophoto, having gone through the motions of equipment setup, settings selections, and a bit of post-processing in Photoshop CS3 for this one shot of the moon.
These two books – Michael Covington’s Digital SLR Astrophotography and R. Scott Ireland’s Photoshop Astronomy – lent me a big hand in teaching me what to do before and after taking a photo or series of photos of an object. I highly recommend them.