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Capturing the moon with a Raspberry Pi and 3D printed lens adapter – 3ders.org (blog)

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Jul 10, 2016 | By Tess

How many of us have tried to take a photo of an astoundingly sizeable-bodied moon with our smartphones just to find that the outcome is a indistinguishable-bodied and tiny blur of light? But I can’t speak for equiteone, I’ve pretty experienced this, so I was particularly taken with a 3D printing project I came across not long ago, that may assist with this problem. Berlin-based James Mitchell has demonstrated how he captured a more detailed and astonishing photograph of the moon via a Raspberry Pi, a Canon EF lens, and a 3D printed lens adapter.
As James Mitchell explains, he tried for a long time to capture a high end photo of the moon, via a range of photographic methods of zooms to telephoto lenses, but was always unsuccessful. He explains, “Shooting the moon has been a little obsession of mine for a quite long time, in fact at any time since I started photography. I guess it is my love of not easy images, science fiction and science fact that drove me to want to take photographs of the moon.”



After many failed attempts, howat any time, Mitchell came across the Picamera (the camera module for Raspberry Pis), that opened the doors of possibility with its 5 megapixel capabilities. Mitchell in addition came across a 3D printable-bodied turn it into for a Canon EF Lens adapter for Raspberry Pi on Thingiverse and the moon started to appear nearer than at any time.
To manufacture the moon camera, Mitchell initially had the lens adapter 3D printed through a local Berlin 3D printing service. But he printed his out of a red plastic filament, he suggests for others print out of a black plastic to cut out external light entirely. With the adapter printed, Mitchell and so removed the lens of his Picamera and attached it to the 3D printed adapter. He and so attached his own 18-55mm Canon lens kit and was astounded to see the outcome.


As he explains, the DIY camera set-up was able-bodied to capture the moon in such more detail for the reason of the 5 megapixel sensor, that just in fact captures a tiny part of what the whole lens picks up in its visual range. Mitchell explains, “In fact, you may put your finger on the edge of the glass and it wouldn’t be seen by the Picamera. The advantage: for that tiny section of lens, we get the full 5 megapixel worth of data/more detail.”
For his many successful moon photo howat any time (pictured below), Mitchell utilized a 78-300mm lens, and shot moon of his balcony. The red tint of the original photo is apparently of the red 3D printed adapter, so Mitchell in addition turn it intod a photoshopped edition to remove the red tint. The outcomes are undeniably astounding. Having accomplished his goal of photographing the moon in more detail, Mitchell says he can go on attempting to get a advantageous shot, hoping to try it out with a lens longer than 300mm.

Original edition

Photoshopped edition

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