has been the quietest news week of the year so far for Ross,
and so I thought, as 2009 is the International Year of Astronomy,
that I would photograph tonight's moon. As photographing
the moon is far from a straight forward process, I attempted
to film myself during the camera and telescope stage of
you can watch the hi def version of that film. If
you want to watch full screen (button to the
right of the progress bar) it is probably best to turn 'scaling
off' to show the video actual size (hold mouse top right
once in full screen mode).
1st February was a bitterly cold evening with winds buffeting
the telescope and a hint of snow in the air, so I am afraid
these are not really my best shots at the moon, and I did
not cover enough of its surface to make a full mosaic. The
photos do however give some idea how the photographing process
works. The top 14 still images are video frames, stacked
to make a small photo. These can be seen in better detail
towards the end of the video.
such a huge magnification, the field of view is small and
it takes many photographs to cover the whole visible surface
of even a crescent moon. Each of the smaller photos covers
the entire field of the scope. The bottom two photos are
mosaics I was able to make from the smaller images.
hope you find this article interesting. If you like astronomy,
a good web site for the International Year of Astronomy
where you can listen to or download a daily astronomy podcast.
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