My first real astrophoto

Dale 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.

The Moon -  April 10 2008

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.

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