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.



  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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