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We usually see the moon as a monochromatic planet only with releif and dark/bright surface details. But we can enhance low color contrast to reveal details, hidden from naked eye. Color hues still real on this image, while saturation was significantly strengthened. (Post-processing of such images is quite similar to hue/saturation adjusting tools in image editors, but have some specificity)Color features represent real geological differences of regolith regolith compound. As example – bluish regions are rich of titanium, brown have vulcanic origin, orange are metal-poor regions etc.

Mosaic of 6 images. Each of them is a sum of 30 best from 90 frames.

Mizar TAL-1 (4.4" Newton F=800mm 1:7.3), NPZ 25mm Plossl eyepiece projection

Canon 350D DSLR

Comments

  • Tom Godfrey
    Tom Godfreyalmost 5 years ago

    Beautiful image -well done Igor

  • Yanni
    Yannialmost 5 years ago

    Great image Igor – Did you shoot this using a motorized equatorial drive on the telescope ?

  • Thanks Yanni,
    Yes, i’d used motorized equatorial mount (EQ6 PRO Syn Scan). It’s very comfortable to take big sets of images, especially for mosaics. For this one, I stacked 30 images for each part of mosaic, to get signal-noise ratio good enough for colors amplification.

    But common images of the Moon through the telescope, may be taken without motorized mount. Moon is bright enough for short expositions without smearing.

    – Igor Chekalin

  • J.K. York
    J.K. Yorkalmost 5 years ago

    fantastic. indeed the color is something new. bravo.

  • Kimberly Adams
    Kimberly Adamsalmost 5 years ago

    This is just a stunning shot of the Moon and your detail about it is wonderful! Very well done!

  • laminarwind
    laminarwindalmost 5 years ago

    Excellent work

  • Bob Culshaw
    Bob Culshawalmost 5 years ago

    This is amazing work Igor.

  • Richard Hamilton-Veal
    Richard Hamilt...almost 5 years ago

    WOW.
    This is so beautiful.
    Excellent work Igor.
    A Fave for sure.

  • Svetlana Sewell
    Svetlana Sewellalmost 5 years ago

    Amazingly close!!!!!!!!!! Stunning!!!!!!!

  • Fiona Lokot
    Fiona Lokotover 4 years ago

    This is so beautiful, and interesting. Your work is brilliant.

  • BlackDogAura
    BlackDogAuraover 4 years ago

    I get a falling sensation looking at it.

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