am showing this film here because when I uploaded it to
both Vimeo and YouTube, it seemed to attract quite a bit
of interest. It occurred to me on Friday that, just lately,
I had not made any time for the main thing in life that
I enjoy - astronomy and so I got the telescope out. This
short film shows the filming of the Moon in HD.
is not the method I would usually use. Normally I would
take photos using a camera specially designed for astrophotography,
which shoots video frames to stack into a crisp, still image.
In this case, I simply plugged a Nikon D90 camera (a superb
piece of photographic equipment, which, as well as being
a great stills camera, can also film video, in 720 HD) into
the eyepiece end of the telescope. The film is made by simply
using the telescope as a 2000mm lens, attached to the camera.
film itself was shot in 1028HD, using a proper Sony video
camera but is rendered as 720HD as this is the limit of
the Nikon D90. This is still higher than standard broadcast
moon appears a little fuzzy due to the Earth's atmosphere
moving. This is why the usual method is to shoot video and
stack about 600 frames to make one still image.