The New Year's moon

Main Object: Moon

Our Moon on the first day of 2020

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When is it worth observing the closest celestial object? Interestingly not when we see the whole illuminated Moon, that is, at full moon. The Moon undoubtedly shows its most spectacular face in a period of a quarter (with illumination of about 20-80%). Along the sharp angle of incidence of sunlight, the level difference of the surface forms is more visible along the terminator - that is, the imaginary boundary separating the night from the day. Craters, mountains and other interesting shapes make this part of the Moon spatial due to the long shadows. 

The first evening of 2020 rejoiced in the cold but clear skies. Before the main subject of my astrophotography, I thought I'd take a picture of the Moon using traditional methods. I took the first serious Moon photograph of the newly acquired telescope, stacking 63 exposures. The 3x magnified barlow lens greatly helped to make the Moon more spectacular.
 

My plans include working with an ASI camera in the near future to create a mosaic with a much narrower field of view with stunning sharpness and contrast apochromate.


This photo was taken with the support of the Nation's Young Talent Scholarship, announced by Ministry of Human Resources, the Human Resources Support Manager and the National Talent Program.​​​​​​​

Name:

Moon

Constellation:

Aquarius

Coordinates:

R.A. 23 h 46 m 30 s Dec. -07° 41′ 48″

Type:

Moon

Distance:

401 049 km

Brightness:

-10.4m​​​​​​​

Apparent size:

29' 47"

Diameter:

3 476 km

Illuminated:

36%

Date:

01/01/2020 17:01-17:09 UT

Location:

Tápióbicske, Pest, Hungary

Camera:

Nikon D3300 (unmodified)

Telescope:

Sky-Watcher Esprit 80/400 mm apochromatic refractor

Mount:

Sky-Watcher EQ6-R Pro GoTo

Guiding:

-

Corrector:

Sky-Watcher Field Flattener

Barlow:

3x

Focal ratio, length:

f/15, 1200 mm

ISO:

400

Light:

63 x 1/200 s (best 30%)

Processing:

AutoStakkert2!, RegiStax6, Adobe Lightroom, Adobe Photoshop

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