Category Archives: Moon

Another Supermoon?

Yep, the Supermoon lives again. 50 frames stacked per panel and two panels for this shot (top and bottom.)

The moon still appears full and tonight (Sunday, Dec 3, 2017) is supposed to be the night when it is actually at its largest and closest to Earth at perigee.

It looked bigger to me the night before, but I guess that was because the weather was better.   🙂   To find out, I made an animated GIF that compares the 4 days worth of images:

Animated GIF of the Moon for 4 days starting with Nov 30 and ending on Dec 3, 2017.

It does look like the 4th moon is bigger than the others!   So, it was worth it to re-setup the scope and get the shot.   Lucky for me the sky cleared long enough to do it.   Later that evening, the clouds arrived in force and it hasn’t been clear since.

The Supermoon of Dec 2, 2017

The Supermoon of Dec 2, 2017. Two panel mosaic taken with a TV-85 at F/5.6 and a Rising Tech Sony IMX224 eyepiece cam. Best 100 frames for each panel out of 200 in each AVI file.

The full “Supermoon” of Dec, 2017 taken on the night of the 2nd at about 11:30 PM local time (Dec 3, 2017, 05:30 UT.)  Not too bad seeing and just a few high clouds that I had to wait out.

I have another version from data earlier in the evening.  At about 7:30 PM CST, the moon was high enough to shoot.  I shot 2 AVI’s with 200 frames each and processed those in IRIS:

The Supermoon of Dec 2, 2017, 7:30pm CST. Two panel mosaic taken with a TV-85 at F/5.6 and a Rising Tech Sony IMX224 eyepiece cam. Best 100 frames for each panel out of 200 in each AVI file.

 

Two Panel Moon Mosaic

The Moon on Nov 30, 2017. 2 panel mosaic of 50 frames each, TV-85 at F/5.6, Toupcam Sony IMX224 eyepiece camera.

On Thursday, November 30, 2017 I tried my luck with “lucky imaging” of the moon.   I set the capture to 100 frames each and took top, middle and bottom images of a waxing moon a few days from full.

I ended up using only the top and bottom panels since there was enough overlap with the TV-85 and the Toupcam IMX224 camera in those two panels.  Each panel is the best 50 frames.

After a basic levels adjustment for all layers , I used the wavelets filter in the Astra Image Photoshop plug-in to do an initial sharpening of the merged image and then a SmartSharpen filter to finish it off.  No other processing was done to the image beyond the above.

Update:  Friday, Dec 1, 2017 moon image with the same setup as the above.

The Moon on Dec 1, 2017. 2-panel mosaic with 100 frames per panel. It was taken with a TV-85 at F/5.6 and a Rising Tech Sony IMX 225 CMOS camera.

The Moon on Oct 23, 2017

The Moon on Oct 23, 2017. 1 x 0.5 sec @ ISO 400, TV-85 at F/5.6, Canon T3.

The moon was low and setting in the west when I took this shot.   Earth-shine was very pretty and I tried to capture how it looked, but the bright part always gets over-exposed.    But, you get the idea.   🙂