March 22, 2015 by Keith Grice
A supermoon occurs when the moon is both ‘full’ and at its closest point to Earth.
Astronomers call this phenomenon a ‘perigee moon,’ which describes the full moon that occurs when the moon is at its closest point to Earth each year.
Anyone who attempts astrophotography will soon learn that every step of it involves a steep learning curve- including the final stage of image processing. It’s not as simple as adjusting color or contrast then cropping the image for the final presentation. A good quality image that makes the most of your time spent with your telescope and camera is the result of an effective workflow involving software tools and processing methods. This is where astro-imaging expert Adam Block can help.
After reading a few good reviews for the iOptron ZEQ25GT, I decided it would be an ideal mount to use for astrophotography. It was reported to be lightweight but with a decent payload, accurate, and quick to polar align. My plan was to use the ZEQ25GT with my Orion Eon 80mm refactor for deep space imaging and 9.25″ Celestron SCT for the planets. This review covers my initial impressions of iOptron’s unique Z-designed equatorial mount.
How to Get Great Images with Modest Telescopes!
When it comes to astrophotography, I really like small ED refractors. They are affordable, easy to set up and in combination with a solid equatorial mount, most of them can take great