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Waxing Crescent Moon (2015Apr22)

Waxing Crescent Moon - 22Apr2015 Waxing Crescent Moon - 22Apr2015 ©2015 Frederick Steiling
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Target Information
Main Target Designation(s) Moon
One-shot color 10x1/800" (ISO200)
Date(s) of acquisition 22Apr2015
Location Whiteside, MO
Imager Olympus E-P5
Telescope/Lens Orion 8" f/3.9 Astrograph
Mount Celestron CGEM
Coma Corrector Baader MPCC Mark III
Collimator Orion LaserMate
Focusing Bahtinov mask
Acquisition Manual (remote shutter)
Guiding None
Processing Registax 6, PixInsight 1.8

Here we get a nice look at a 4-day-old (past the new phase) crescent moon.  As compared to a fuller-light image as is seen in gibbous and full moon phases, the crescent moon really highlights the crater features of the moon due to the illumination by the sun's off-axis light.

As an improvement over my last lunar photo, I've added a few more frames to the stacking process here to bring out some sharper crater details.  10 still isn't enough, but is undoubtedly (and proven here to be) in the right direction.  Next time the photo schedule and weather cooperate for a lunar setup, I'll extend this even further.

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