December 10, 2013
Just an Artistic View
image by Maximilian Teodorescu, Cota 1000 (SInaia), Romania
Here I am back again with a HDR image of the Moon. This time it's a crescent Moon with a well-visible Earthshine, and lots of details seen in the Earth-illuminated half of the Moon (or a lot more than half...). You can actually see the ray system of Proclus, and the Tycho ray in Mare Serenitatis. Of course, this is just an artistic view, with no significant (or at all) scientifically important data that can be extracted from the image, but it stands as an idea: to see details on the dark side of the Moon usually seen at Full Moon illumination. I've also added to a second image the crescent of Venus, at the same scale, imaged a few moments after the Moon. They show similar phases, with the Moon at a slightly smaller phase. The background was obtained at the same time, and a few hours (a lot of hours actually...) of processing allowed me to place the Moon in it's correct position among the visible stars at the moment.
December 5, 2013, 16:10 U.T. TS APO 115mm F/7 Refractor, Canon 550D, ISO 200. The final image is the sum of 373 frames with exposures ranging from 1/200 to 8 seconds.
Yesterday's LPOD: Ragged Edge
Tomorrow's LPOD: Stratigraphy 201