The Story Behind The Image - April's Super Moon

September 11, 2020

I read on some of my social media astro pages that the moon was going to be its biggest (closest) and brightest during the beginning of April. I planned to shoot it and then create a composite image - which is an image made up of two or more images combined to create one image. The combination of my 70-200mm lens, the 2x extender (teleconverter) provided me the equivalent of 400mm (8x magnification).  

I went out at 8pm into my backyard which is only 15kms from Melbourne CBD at 8pm. The moon was so bright that I was able to use my touch screen on my camera to focus on the moon. I shot 15 images all at the same exposure  Using Starstax (free) software (Mac. Windows & Linux) I combined and blended  the15 images perfectly which increased the level of detail significantly.  It is amazing how many crevices and craters are clearly visible.

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