K3's Astronomy - Moon
"When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars which You have set in place, what is Man that You are mindful of him?" -- Psalm 8:3,4

Moon In Wide Field

The following photos were taken by using my Nikon Coolpix 995 or Sony Digital 8 DCR-TRV240 camera without using any scope.

Moon photos from holiday in Chalkidiki (Greece, 24.8. - 4.9.2004)

This year we took a laptop with us for the first time. It appeared to be a very good idea, because we had "all in one": star atlas, atlas of Europe, imaging/processing device and music box.

I wanted to take some photos of moon rising from the sea. However, from our location (Pefkochori) we couldn't see the sea horizon. So we had to plan a tour to the place where we could see the Moon rising from the sea. We used SkyMap star atlas and AutoRoute map. In August 28th, the Moon was rising at the azimuth of 117 19' 58". Finally, I measured azimuth angles on the map by means of K3CCDTools:


Our trip was well planned so we could see the real country from the cape:


28.08.2004 19:32 (local time)
Nikon CP995, 1/155s, F4.7 @ 8.2mm


However, it was daylight and there was a haze above the sea, so we couldn't see Moon from the moment of rising from the sea. But finally it appeared:


28.08.2004 19:50 (local time)
Sony DCR-TRV240E D8 camcorder, 1/100s, F5.6, captured by K3CCDTools
20 frames stacked in K3CCDTools + histogram, gamma 0.7, unsharp mask (1,0,100)

28.08.2004 20:07 (local time)
Nikon CP995, 1/14s, F5.1 @ 31mm

And later ... a nice path on the sea was created:


28.08.2004 20:29 (local time)
Nikon CP995, 1s, F2.7 @ 8.8mm

28.08.2004 20:32 (local time)
Nikon CP995, 1s F3.4 @ 15.7mm

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