Earth-lit Moon

This image is beyond the abilities of the human vision. As far as I know, nobody from the expedition saw any detail on the Moon's surface.
The image is a complicated composition of totaly 63 images taken with F8 500 mm Maksutov-Cassegrain. It was necessary to align separately the solar corona and separately the Moon. The movement of the Moon relatively to the Sun in so fast that about 5 seconds difference in images acquisition would cause noticeable blurring of the Moon. A good illustration of the movement is the composed image showing the position of the Moon at the second and at the third contact. Furthermore, the composed image makes evident that the observing place was not on the central line.
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Date29. 03. 2006
Time2nd contact 11:02:23 UT, 3rd contact 11:05:29 UT
Total eclipse duration 186 s
PlaceNear Göreme, Cappadocia, Turkey
CoordinateE 34° 52.147', N 38° 39.390', alt. 1330 m
ConditionsGood, thin cirrus clouds out of the solar disk, strong wind, altitude of the Sun above the horizon 50°
OpticsMaksutov-Cassegrain MC 3M-5CA, 8/500 mm
CameraCanon EOS 1D Mark II (ISO 100)
Exposure1/1000 s - 8 s
ProcessingComposition of 63 images. Eclipse images were aligned by means of phase correlation, composed using of LDIC 4.0 software, processed using Corona 4.0 in order to visualize coronal structures. Final processing was done using ACC 6.0 software.
Image processing by Miloslav Druckmüller and Hana Druckmüllerová
SoftwarePhaseCorr 4.0, LDIC 4.0, Corona 4.0, Sofo ACC 6.0
OrientationImage must be rotated 28.73° anti-clockwise to achieve standard orientation i. e. North up.
Copyright© 2006 Hana Druckmüllerová, Miloslav Druckmüller


Miloslav Druckmüller
Institute of Mathematics, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering
Brno University of Technology, Czech Republic
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