Flintstone Stargazing

February 27, 2010

The Moon on 2/26/10

Filed under: astronomy, Astrophotography, Moon, Observation Journal — Tags: — Ed @ 2:28 am

The Moon cast stark shadows on the ground tonight. I could easily read by its light. I did some other astrophotography, but it was pretty washed out by the brightness of the Earth’s largest satellite.

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2 Comments »

  1. You have always such great photos on your blog! Thanks for sharing. The Moon’s craters and maria look amazing in this picture. Has it been retouched?

    Comment by Norbert — February 27, 2010 @ 11:04 am

  2. Thanks. In order to process the Moon, I generally take a bunch of quick photos (1/1650th of a second each), and then I use RegiStax 5 to stack them. This helps remove the effects of atmospheric distortion which you can see as sort of “heat waves” when looking through an eyepiece. I then do a bit of wavelet processing which helps bring out some detail and finally I stretch it a bit in Photoshop to make it a bit more “contrasty”. That sounds like a lot of retouching, but really, it’s what’s needed to make astrophotos look their best.

    Comment by Ed — February 27, 2010 @ 1:02 pm


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