Winters has finally arrived, and so has the clouds and rain, even snow on one occasion in my area. Until last Thursday, I saw no reason to set up the Celestron up with either of the cameras I using. That night turned out to be clear and steady enough for photography, so I drove off to a nearby site where a hospital once stood to set up and photograph the three day-old moon then do some visual observing.
As usual, I set up the 8-inch EdgeHD on the AVX mounting, using an extra counterweight on the declination axle to balance it in right ascension and another counterweight on the dovetail to balance the telescope in declination. Then I used my Nikon to take a series of photos with exposure times ranging from 1/30th to 1/4 second, then additional photos with exposure times of 4, 8 and 16 seconds to record the night side of the moon. The picture above was a 16 second exposure. The film as before was Fujicolor 200 print film.
This picture was exposed for 1/15th of second on the same film. In both cases, I used the mirror lock up and cable release to eliminate vibrations that would blur the picture. I also used vibration suppression pads under the tripod's feet. Once I had exposed an entire roll of film, I removed the camera and replaced it with my 2-inch mirror star diagonal and eyepieces and observed some objects before taking the telescope down and returning home.
After picking the developed film from the lab, I used my flatbed Canon scanner and film strip adapter to scan the film and import it into Photo Shop. Then I adjusted the brightness levels, removed dust and corrected the color balance. Light sharpening was used after I created a lower resolution, smaller image from the original high resolution scans.