A nearly-full Moon

A nearly-full Moon

by Timothy Ferris

The Moon, the first astronomical body photographed by humans, it is still an inviting target for stargazers getting started in astrophotography. This shot is part of a time-lapse sequence taken by using a digital single-lens reflex (SLR) camera with its lens removed, attached directly to the 18-inch Newtonian reflecting telescope at Rocky Hill Observatory. In this configuration, the telescope acts as a giant telephoto lens. For more on photography through a telescope see this video.