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Prathamesh Jaju, A Boy From Pune Clicks Moon Picture That Is Made Of 55,000 Images And 186 GB

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A 16-year-old boy Prathamesh Jaju from Pune, has captured one of the most detailed and beautiful pictures of the moon. The size of the image will shock you. The image of the Moon is a result of 55,000 images comprising data of over 186 gigabytes. Prathamesh Jaju talked about how he managed to capture this beautiful image. He said,

“This is my most detailed and clearest shot and my best work of the third quarter Mineral Moon. I captured around 50,000+ images over 186 GigaBytes of Data which almost killed my laptop with the processing.”

 

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Prathamesh Jaju added,

“I first captured them by capturing multiple videos on different small areas of the Moon. Each video contains around 2000 frames, first, we stabilize them, then we merge and stack each video into one image. So I took around 38 videos. Now we have 38 images. We sharpen each one of them manually and then stitch them together in Photoshop like a big mosaic. Once the mosaic is done, some more adjustments are made and some final touch-ups and boom!”

 

 

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According to Prathamesh Jaju, for capturing this image, he used Celestron 5 Cassegrain OTA (telescope), a ZWO ASI120MC-S super-speed USB camera, SkyWatcher EQ3-2 tripod/mount, GSO 2X BARLOW lens. Talking about software, he used Sharpcap for capturing the image, stabilized and debayering in PIPP, stacked in AutoStakkert, Sharpened in Registax and IMPPG, Stitched, and Post-processed in Adobe Photoshop. Local Adjustments made in Lightroom and Snapseed.

 

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The Moon in the image looks a little different. Prathamesh explained the science behind this phenomenon. He said in the comments,

“The colors represent the minerals on the moon. Our eyes can’t resolve them but DSLR cameras and other specific cameras. The blue tones reveal areas rich in ilmenite, which contains iron, titanium and oxygen, mainly titanium, while the orange and purple colors show regions relatively poor in titanium and iron. The white/gray tones refer to areas of greater exposure to sunlight.”

These are such lovely images captured by Prathamesh Jaju. What do you guys think about these images of the moon? Let us know in the comments below.

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