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Well still playing about trying new things with my new Pentax K100D.

I always have been interested in amateur astronomy and when I was 15, my father got me a Unitron 3" Refractor Telescope with an equatorial mount. I think to be really honest, he bought it so he could play with it too.

Where we live on a property in North-western New South Wales, we are blessed with clear air and no light pollution so star gazing is easy. When I got my Pentax K1000, I bought an adaptor for the telescope, but after wasting 3 films without success, I gave up and the K mount adaptor has sat unused in the cupboard for 23 years.

Now digital has made it practical. I will be honest and say that I took 30 shots before I got a decent one with the K100D. But in this type of experimentation, Digital beats Film every time.

March 8, 2007
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Image Comments

Mar 8, 2007 6:24:49 pm
That is brilliant image:)

by Dianthus Homepage »

Mar 8, 2007 6:41:39 pm
Great work!!!

by janedj Homepage »

Mar 8, 2007 8:10:51 pm
Amazing quality, well done!

by babuci Homepage »

Mar 8, 2007 8:12:30 pm
I totally agree with you, digital is a must when you are experimenting with new things, expressway with a telescope. Fantastic photo!!!

by Squid123 Homepage »

Mar 8, 2007 11:09:08 pm
Quite keen!

by leoshades Homepage »

Mar 8, 2007 11:27:57 pm
All good things come to those who wait.:)..a very nice result..

by frankie96 Homepage »

Mar 9, 2007 2:49:28 am
Excellent capture, great detail


by stuart83 Homepage »

Mar 9, 2007 3:25:38 am
Excellent shot!!!

by Corwin13 Homepage »

Mar 9, 2007 7:26:34 am
oh look i can see the stars and stripes!! ;P

Great detailed shot, especially on the sunset part, i suppose the blue fringing is unavoidable but try stopping down (higher f-number) and it might alleviate the problem slightly. And here starts the astrophotography addiction... i know i would get hooked if i had a similar set up :)

by inshaala Homepage »

Mar 9, 2007 10:25:33 am
In-credible! I am amazed! This is most excellent!

by CavalierLady Homepage »

Mar 9, 2007 5:46:16 pm
Pretty cool - definitely more than you can get from a conventional glass.

by kjpweb Homepage »

Mar 12, 2007 11:50:31 pm
I've always been interesting in the lunar landscape and the possibilities of photographing it in its different stages. I'm still hoping for a camera that will taek good close and clear photos of it. This is outstanding!

by MrsLubner Homepage »

Jun 16, 2007 1:34:09 am
Stunning. 5++

by garadir Homepage »

Jun 18, 2007 10:57:18 pm
Nicely done. Spectacular detail.

by evinrude Homepage »

Jun 19, 2007 8:28:46 pm
That's a super pic! Even more impressive that you shot it on your own telescope. Great job!

by NefariousDrO Homepage »

Jul 26, 2007 7:46:00 am
Nice photo. Lovely place.

by calico1 Homepage »

Aug 2, 2007 5:30:50 pm
Excellent shot! 5+!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

by Skyback Homepage »

Sep 15, 2007 12:02:38 pm
Beautiful Foto!!!

by Naoo Homepage »

Jan 21, 2008 6:34:16 pm
This is an incredible shot! WOW!! I have a 35mm SLR, and took pictures sparingly. Never thought of myself as a photographer. I have had my digital SLR for 3 years now, and I have been taking many, many pictures. I would never go back, I agree with you!

by Digimon Homepage »

Apr 24, 2008 10:10:06 am
Wonderful shot from our Moon Well done

by MagikUnicorn Homepage »


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