My First Moon Photo

My first moon image taken in November 2005 with a 4.5-inch f/4.37 reflector and a Creative PC-CAM 900 digital camera using a 25 mm eyepiece. For other images of the moon, click here.

3 thoughts on “My First Moon Photo

  1. Hi Sir,

    I tried to get an image of the moon, my first moon shot using my 76mm Celestron Astromaster and Nikon D5100 with Barlow 2x. Here’s the link.

    I’ve been looking for the comments thread where I read your tips on taking lunar photos with the DSLR. I’m concerned more with the correct settings in the DSLR to get an optimum image of the moon. I can’t find the thread where you answered all that. Can you please refer me to that post again or please advise it in this reply.

    Thanks again and well done on promoting astronomy/astrophotography here in the Philippines.


    • Hi Mary,

      I am afraid I have not written an article yet about shooting the moon :) Perhaps I can give a few pointers instead:

      1. Attach the DSLR to your telescope.
      2. If your mount is motorized, turn the tracker on.
      3. Set the DSLR to Manual Shooting (M) mode.
      4. Set the ISO to highest value (1600 is usually a good compromise).
      5. For a DSLR attached to a telescope, the F/ratio (aperture) is always fixed (non-adjustable). It depends primarily on your telescope’s optical properties (e.g., my telescope is fixed at f/9; this value is usually supplied by the manufacturer but we can always compute for this value based on the telescope’s diameter and focal length). Take note that the telescope simply serves as an exaggeratedly large ‘lens’.
      6. If available, use the Live View function to assist you in focusing.
      7. Setting the correct exposure time is a bit tricky. Perhaps you can start with a value ‘that will allow the moon’s image to become visible in the camera’s electronic view finder’. In most cases, experimenting with various exposure times usually works best. Try 1/2 second exposure then adjust accordingly (try shorter exposures). Take note that the shorter the exposure time (e.g., 1/60 seconds instead of 1/30), the less chances of having a blurred image.
      8. Once ready, press the shutter using the camera’s ‘remote shutter’ (or time-delay function) to minimize vibration caused by pressing the shutter.
      9. If possible, take around 20 shots with identical settings, then use a freeware called ‘Registax‘ to further enhance your image (it really improves image quality!).

      Hope this helps! Great moon capture by the way for a first attempt (no sugar coating :P)!


  2. Thank you very much, Sir! That’s very encouraging.

    I’m printing this out this time just to be sure. I’ve also read my camera’s manual (for the first time since I got it in August last year hahaha) just to know how to set it to manual/infinity focus and bulb exposure. I want to be prepared when the next full moon rolls around.

    Will get back to you in the Registax freeware and maybe write up another post of the enhanced lunar image in my own blog after I learn how to use the freeware.

    Thanks again.


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