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November 19, 2010
I tried to mount my 10X zoon Casio EX-H10 and my 10X zoom Casio EX-FH100 to the Barksa 60X spotting scope tonight to get photos of the moon and possibly, Jupiter. Both cameras had trouble getting the exposure correct. At low noise ISOs, the aperture had to stay open too long resulting in Jupiter and even the moon, moving during the exposure. When you gaze up at the sky at night, they both seem to be just sitting there. However, when you zoom in on them, you can easily see them "travelling" across the lens. (Of course, most of that is really just the earth rotating, but it really give you an idea of just how fast our world is actually spinning.)

I had better results just mounting my Panasonic DMC-FZ35 on the tripod and shooting a photo of the Moon and Jupiter.

Even at 35X on the DMC-FZ35, Jupiter came out as just a blob of pixels so I couldn't use any of its shots. This was the best and unfortunately, I couldn't get a shot with its four moons.