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Super Moon Mosaic on May 2020

It toke more than 10 years of astrophotography so that I finally make a moon mosaic!

After a month with a lot of good nights for deep sky astrophotography (Which I’ll post here soon), the full moon came and made it unfeasible.

But my will for astrophotography stayed. What can I do?

Well, do a moon mosaic, of course!

For the first time ever I used my Skywatcher 102mm Maksutov-Cassegrain and a QHY5L-ii to take some frames and unify them in a moon mosaic.

The first mosaic was made on May 4, and it toke 15 frames. It shows the Moon 91% iluminated and some nice contrasted craters. It’s a shame that my telescope have a so limited power. 🙁

Well, here it is:

May 4 Crescent Moon mosaic

Setup:

Telescope: Sky-Watcher 102mm f/13 Maksutov-Cassegrain
Mount: iOptron CEM25P with a 2″ tripod
Camera: QHY5L-ii Color
15 frames to accomplish this mosaic. Each frame was made with a different video of a thousand frames, 80% stacked and auto sharpened on AS!2.

I published this image on Astrobin, Flickr and Instagram as well.

A few days later, on May 7, I made another mosaic, this time of the full moon. The last super moon of 2020!

Here it is:

May 7 Super Moon mosaic

I liked this one much more. Did you too?

I don’t know, but it looks more clear, more impressive!

Setup:

Telescope: Sky-Watcher 102mm f/13 Maksutov-Cassegrain
Mount: iOptron CEM25P with a 2″ tripod
Camera: QHY5L-ii Color
27 frames to accomplish this mosaic. Each frame was made with a different video of a five hundred frames, 90% stacked and auto sharpened on AS!2.

I published this moon mosaic on Astrobin and Instagram as well.

A friend of mine asked for a high resolution version of this imagem, because she wanted to use as a smartphone wallpaper.

I lked the ideia, and made a page with a few versions to download.

If you want to, you can download the wallpaper. There are two different versions, and you can choose the better for your smartphone.

To download it, click here!

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