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Moon 16/10/13 Helios 6" F8 Refractor


philjay
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Not tried this scope on lunar before so had a nice play the other night. Visually it was not bad for an f8 achro but there was colour there but nothing distracting and so I had a rush of blood to the head and banged the Canon 1000d on the end and took 30 subs at 200 asa and absolutely no idea what exposure, I just tweaked the exposure down till it was underexposed on the meter a bit, this usually works well with a stacked final image.  


 


I forgot about it after I had taken the subs but then thought I would have a laugh and process them expecting an image with tons of false colour but after a little tweaking in PS for contrast and sharpening I got this............................... 


 


lunar16_10_13bsmall.jpg


 


 


 


Quite pleased with this big cheap scopes performance really, there's a bit of yellow on the bright edges on the terminator craters but its very well controlled I reckon. I was expecting a heck of a lot more but this big old scope just keeps on surprising


 


Full res image here if you want to walk around https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/69947839/EMS%20Pics/lunar16_10_13b.jpg


 


Hope you like it


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Love it, having owned a sky watcher 6 inch refractor I too am surprised that there was not more false colour. Love it. Really nice sharp image. :2thumbsup:


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Looks really good. I tried out my bresser on the moon a couple of nights ago. There was a bit of false colour but not to much. When I put in my semi apo filter it pretty much got rid of it all, without adding in any extra colour. Really pleased with that purchase.

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Ive only used this scope for visual dso, where apeture counts and ca isnt a problem so never really tried it on lunar and planetary in the year plus that ive had it. I know alot of visual folks swear by them and I can see why. I doubt if it will be used much more for moon and planets though, i have my apo and f15 for them but its nice to know the helios can perform quite well

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