First Quarter Moon - incredible detail

Posted by Michael Bakich
on Friday, April 10, 2009

by Pete Lawrence


Hi, photo editor Michael E. Bakich here. I've uploaded Pete Lawrence's incredible Moon image (with his permission) because I wanted to share it with all of you.

The amount of effort Pete expended to create this image astounds me. He captured the individual frames April 2 when the Moon was at First Quarter phase. He shot through a 14-inch Celestron Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope at prime focus (f/11). In all, 166 frames make up the final image. Each of those frames originated from 800 exposures taken with a Lumenera SKYnyx 2-0M CCD camera. And, to top it off, he assembled the final mosaic by hand using Adobe Photoshop.

Click here for a much, much larger version of this mosaic.

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