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Posted By: aitrus3, 02-21-2019, 06:52 AM

Likely the last moon shot i'll do in a while. Reason: i'm quite happy with this one. If you're curious: the colours are indicative of what elements they're made of. The browner areas are composed of very old and low titanium basalt while the darker/bluer Mare is composed of much younger basalt with a very high titanium content. No you'd never see the moon with this much colour but as astrophotographers we care very little about what we humans can perceive with our very limited experience of the world and care more about revealing what is actually there.


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I can see why you are retiring from moon shots. This one is absolutely fantastic. I know nothing about astrophotography but am motivated to learn more because of your amazing image! Did you take it recently? I know we had a supermoon last week. Congrats on this.
P.S.- My 3rd grader is studying the solar system in school this year and will be very excited when I share this with her.
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I can see why you are retiring from moon shots. This one is absolutely fantastic. I know nothing about astrophotography but am motivated to learn more because of your amazing image! Did you take it recently? I know we had a supermoon last week. Congrats on this.
P.S.- My 3rd grader is studying the solar system in school this year and will be very excited when I share this with her.
Thanks! I'm not totally retiring from moon photography. If I ever get a bigger telescope to capture the surface better, I will. But for now, with my current telescope and lenses, this is it.

It's a very involved process, especially if you want to bring out the colours. It involves shooting in RAW, shooting upwards of 50 (more is better) images. Pre-processing the RAW in LR or likewise with proper white balance and colour saturations and any fringing removed. Then pre-processing the resulting TIFF's in PiPP (free program, and you can easily make a wine skin version for Mac, as I did) where you want it to basically only centre the moon. After that, you need to stack the photos in a stacking software. For PC Registax or Autostakkert are best, for Mac, LynkEOS is free and if pre-processed in PiPP, a breeze to use. The next step is to use deconvolution and/or wavelet processing inside that stacking program. Deconvolution is a type of sharpening, but developed specifically for sharpening planetary/lunar images. Then it's back into LR (or otherwise) for final colour tuning and fine detail sharpening, and removing any fringing brought on during stacking.

Couple websites to make your search easier:

If you're not concerned with colour, follow these steps to a T * Full Disc Lunar Imaging - PIPP Planetary Imaging PreProcessor

and this gives you an idea on ow to find the colour: How To Find the Secret and Subtle Color in the Moon ? PhotographingSpace.com

and if you'd like, I can send you a higher res version of the shot for your daughter to use in any of her class projects along with notes on the colour, where it comes from, and what I have learned about how the moon was formed. Just send me a PM with your email and I will send you a drop box link with the image.

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Oh, and yes, this was 2 days before the recent full moon. I generally don't like to photograph the full moon, as having some of it in shadow helps define the sphere and instead of being flat light, ridges and valleys are better defined. I like to refer to it as the 'golden phase'. I think even a little earlier or later after full would be better, 3/4 might be perfect. I find half to be a bit too much. Personal taste really though.
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stunning capture... i've always been fascinated by our moon... since childhood... enjoyed your composition, dave m

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