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Photos of the Moon and Mars (Feb 16, 2008)

February 20th, 2008 by Maxim · No Comments · 6,091 Views


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I looked up in the sky and saw Mars almost lined up with the Moon. I set up the telescope and the tripod with Canon EOS 20D camera, 300mm image stabilzing zoom lens and 2x telephoto adapter.

The difficulty of photographing the Moon and Mars together is that:

a) Moon and Mars move across the sky very fast, so exposure must be short
b) No matter how sturdy tripods are, they are not sturdy enough, which too calls for short exposures and high aperture and probably high ISO setting (I use 100 or 200, or else I get too much digital noise).
c) Moon is so bright, that very short exposures are enough to get the details. However, with short exposures Mars disappears from the photograph because it’s very small and dim and it’s not being exposed enough.

Fortunately they night was clear, so I have done the best I could. You are welcome to share your astrophotography tips and techniques here – leave a comment.

Moon and Mars, February 16, 2008 - sample photo.

On the same night I also shot the video of the Moon through the telescope.

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