Lunar image – ASI178MM-Cooled

I have been waiting for opportunities to break in my ZWO ASI178MM-cooled imager and do some imaging. The mono sensor of this camera is particularly suited for planetary, solar and lunar imaging, although the cooling also means it should fare well for long exposure deep sky imaging. As there was a near full moon high up in the sky, I decided to take some lunar video – as it was not suitable for deep sky imaging.

Equipment used:

Skywatcher ED80 with Astro-Physics CCDT67 telecompressor, Orion Thin off-axis guider, Xagyl 1.25″ motorised filter wheel, ZWO ASI178MM-cooled imager, iOptron ZEQ25 mount, Astronomik CLS-CCD filter, Astronomik Luminance UV/IR cut filter, Microsoft Surface Pro 3.

Processing:

Image captured with Sharpcap as .avi file, PIPP to crop and select best frames, AutoStakkert!2 to analyse, align and stack images to produce .tiff file, Registax 6 to process the final image, and final conversion to .jpeg with Capture One Pro 8.

Full Lunar disc 22/1/16
Full Lunar disc 22/1/16
100% crop
100% crop

I have to say that this imager works very well to capture lunar images. To improve the image capture in future, I would remove the telecompressor to capture an even bigger image. It would be interesting to see if I would capture more detail of the moon using my Astro-Tech 8″ Ritchey-Chretien telescope with this imager. Certainly something to try in the future.

Boon