Regulars at the observatory will have seen a fair few photos from Simon Plumley. There is no doubt that his views of planets and nebulae are among, if not the best taken by anyone on the Island. Tonight Simon showed a photo of something he openly admits he had previously hated, that thing being the moon.
Well, I’ll let you judge, but I think that this is one of his very best.
Now a little warning! It may take a while for you to see this image as it’s over 110Mb and has an original size of 6120 x 6394 pixels. Believe me it’s worth the wait….
- The picture was started on 30th Dec 2014
- The picture is made from 60 videos of 2400 frames each = 144,000 frames
- Each video is quality sorted and about 40% of he frames are stacked per video to make 60 single pictures
- These were stitched together to make mosaic
- Cloud hindered the captures so it took 3 hours to video and then well over a week to process and put together
- The final output image with no resizing is 2.25 meters long
- The video camera was only 0.9 megapixels
- Telescope was 2,800mm however the small camera used gave a field of view/magnification equivalent of around 13,000 mm
- Moon was 53% illuminated