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The Moon

Image Details:

Camera: Canon Digital Rebel (300D)
Mount: Celestron AS-GT
Scope: Celestron C8-N (8" f/5 Newtonian)
Configuration: Prime Focus
Additional Optics: Celestron/Baader Multi Purpose Coma Corrector (MPCC)
Filter: None
Effective Focal Length: 1000mm
Effective Focal Ratio: f/5
Exposure: 10 x 1/90 sec @ ISO 100
Date: 8/24/2004, ~8:30pm PDT
Location: Saratoga, CA, USA
Acquisition: Manual
Focus: Manual
Dithering: None
Guiding: None

Processing:

  • IRIS: Registration, stacking
  • Photoshop: Cropping (65%), image size, JPG conversion

Image Description:

This is a colorized version of this moon image, using the technique described in How to capture the color of the Moon. The colors in this image are not invented by processing techniques, though they certainly are accentuated by such techniques. That is, the color is already present, but almost impossible to see under normal circumstances. As the linked article indicates, each color has geological significance, generally indicating the mineral composition of the corresponding region of the moon. The lunar phase here is a 70% waxing gibbous. North is up.