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The nearly Blue Moon Revisited | by Rob Pettengill
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The nearly Blue Moon Revisited

I find the full moon very frustrating. I love it by eye. In processing I try to reveal additional detail from the data while retaining a natural looking appearance, but my pix usually either seem flat or over processed to me with a very thin line in between. I liked the earlier version of this image, but believed that I could do more with the data. I upped my game with the affine 8 parameter non-stellar alignment in Nebulosity which took about 8 hours to complete, compared to a couple of minutes for the Lynkeos alignment used in my previous image. This is my best full moon to date, I think the additional 8 hours of processing was really worth while.

 

Moon 2015-07-30 04:08 UT Questar 3.5” with Sony NEX-5N at prime focus (1280mm). Exp 1/80 sec at ISO 200. 12 of 24 images stacked and deconvolved in Nebulosity with with affine 8 parameter alignment taking nearly 6 hours. Post processed for exposure, saturation and additional masked sharpening in Photoshop. Made by a Mak on a Mac :-)

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Uploaded on August 1, 2015