Stellar Shot of the Week: May 20, 2022
"Waning Harvest Moon Rising Over Desert Ridgeline" - by Jason Close
Congratulations to this week's StellarShot selection, which goes to Jason Close and his magnificent shot of the moon rising over a big ridge in the desert. This week has been all about the lunar activity, and while we wait for the results of the Eclipse Imaging Contest we wanted to celebrate the Moon with an equally impressive, stunningly sharp image showing our nearest celestial neighbor in a slightly different light. Jason was kind enough to break down the shot for us below, but for anyone else shooting with a Stellarvue we invite you to please submit your work by email (using email@example.com) or by tagging them with #stellarvue and #stellarshot on social media!
"I had seen the Harvest Moon rising over some low mountains (named the McCullough Range) for a few nights. The various ridges are between 2-3 miles from my backyard, and I wanted to catch the moon breaking the ridgeline. I took an SER video of it rising, hoping to get something useful. Through SharpCap's live view, the silhouettes of individual desert plants and rocks were visible against the Moon. The vegetation appears to be Joshua Trees and Creosote bushes, and this area contains many angular metamorphic and volcanic rocks resulting from fracture cleavage.
This image is the best single 60ms frame pulled from the video. I have tried stacking but was not successful due to the apparent movement of the moon relative to the stationary ridgeline at 948mm focal length. This was a lucky 60ms image at such a low altitude over rooftops. The Near-IR pass filter helped in this regard.
Location: Henderson, NV. Near the edge of Sloan Canyon National Conservation Area"
Imaging Telescope: Stellarvue SVX130T
Imaging Camera: ZWO ASI533MC Pro
Mount: Sky Watcher EQ8-R Pro
Filters: Astronomik ProPlanet IR - 742 2"
Accessories: Baader UFC Filter Drawer · Stellarvue SFFX1 Flattener
Software: Autostakkert! 3.0 · SharpCap V4.0 Sharpcap Pro Beta · PixInsight 1.8.8