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Moon Mosaic Strip #1 9/11/2014, 



Moon Mosaic Strip #1 9/11/2014

Technical card

Resolution: 1521x5293

Date:Sept. 11, 2014

Time: 01:03

Frames: 2200

FPS: 60.00000

Focal length: 2400

Locations: Suburban backyard N/O Seattle, Lynnwood, WA, United States


This mosaic strip was consists of the 3 preceding images plus 8 more frames from the southern to the northern polar regions (north up). This is the first of 5 strips covering half of the moon's surface from this strip to the eastern edge.

The frames were stacked with AutoStakkert using Drizzle 3x. The images were converted from TIFF to JPG using ArcSoft PhotoStudio and then arranged into a mosiac using Canon's PhotoStitch in scan mode. The seams were blurred using ArcSoft PhotoStudio Blur/Average function.

The frames were processed with StarTools prior to creating the mosiac. The Dev/gamma and Contrast functions were used to match the brightness of adjacent frames. The colors were saturated to 700%. I had a problem with 2 of the frames initially - they had no color content. The problem was caused by the AutoStakkert color auto detect function which interpretted 2 frames as monochrome and the rest as color images. The problem was solved by forcing AutoStakkert to choose color RGB. There is also a setting to match the bayer pattern of my camera, will have to try that sometime.

This is my first mosaic, the next step will be to finish the remaining strips and combine them into lunar panorama of the eastern half of the moon. It will be interesting to see what problems I run into making a mosiac of mosaics.



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Moon Mosaic Strip #1 9/11/2014,