Our Solar System - Robert Arn
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Moons to Moons

On January 21st, 2013, Earth's Moon appeared closer to Jupiter as it will be until the year 2026. This image is a 16 panel high resolution mosaic. In order to get Jupiter in the correct place, I started by taking an image with just my telescope (770mm). This single shot was able to give me the correct orientation and distance between Jupiter and the Moon. Then I applied a 4x Powermate to the setup and took a 16-panel mosaic (15 panels for the Moon and 1 panel for Jupiter). In Photoshop, I processed created a mosaic of the Moon, then scaled the single image of the Moon/Jupiter so the moon was the same size. Finally, in the image containing the 15=panel moon, I placed the high-res version of Jupiter (and its moons) in the correct place (according to the single shot). Beyond that, a few minor processing techniques were used (wavelet processing, select band-pass filtering, contrast enchantments, etc.).

Location: Fort Collins, CO
Date: 2013-01-21
Camera: Canon XSi (modified)
Telescope: WO 110 FLT
Mount: CGEM