I bought a new camera the other month and with my new mount, last October there should be no reason why, when the nights are clear, I shouldn't rush out with my kit and start snapping.
So I thought I would check out my kit as it hadn't been used for a long time and I needed to familiarise myself with how it all worked. I popped out quite early last night and thought I'd go for something easy like the moon; it was a 3/4 moon and would later bleach out a lot of the star brightness so getting myself prepared for the darker nights I set to work.
I tried at Prime focus; Olympus OMD EM10, 1/320 sec, ISO 320
Tycho, looking magnificent but I was surprised to see what looks like Lamarck D on the left hand side of the moon. I may be corrected on that but I don't think I've ever captured it before.
I tried 2 X Barlow; Olympus OMD EM10, 1/100 sec, ISO 320
Now this is actually two pictures stuck together in photoshop. I'm quite happy with this as it is a blown up version of the prime shot but I need to get on top of the focus. I think this could have been a lot better if sharper.
And finally 3X Barlow; Olympus OMD EM10, 1/12 sec, ISO 1250
As you can see I had to boost the ISO as I was using both Barlow and EP adapter. I've lost a bit of focus and definition but Crater Schiller is the oval shaped crater below Tycho and Phoyclides the large rounder crater nearby.
And that was it. Personally, after 10 months inactivity, I'm happy to have produced 3 reasonable shots which just need me to concentrate on the focus a bit more - that is more about me needing to look at the camera instructions more so I can get an enlarged picture on the screen.