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Moving Terminator 25/02/2018
 
© D Elijah
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Moving Terminator 25/02/2018

Lunar terminator time lapse taken on 25th February 2018 (between 20:19 and 23:30).

The animation is of the lunar southern region including the crater Hainzel (middle). The shadows are quickly receding within the walls of Heinzel but this effect slows down as the Sun rises on the lunar surface. Lunar liberation is also evident as a tilting effect. Atmospheric conditions were excellent throughout the night, giving more consistent performance from my scope.

Equipment: Skywatcher Skymax 150 on an EQ5 pro mount. Canon 550D in movie crop mode with a Baader fringe killer filter. I checked the focus of the scope three times with only slight adjustment required.

Each frame is a stack taken from a 5 min video (at 60fps). Each video was recorded with a 10 min interval. Alligning, stacking and processing done with Registax 6, decompressing and final frame alignment done with Pipp.

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I should also note that I didn't alter the colour balance on any frames, which give a much smoother colour transition between frames compared with my previous animation.

Here's the un-cropped original...

 

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10 hours ago, MarsG76 said:

Awesome... reminds me of  when I did this kind of moon time lapse back in June 2015.

Thanks,

I was wondering whether anyone else has done a close up lunar time lapse.

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35 minutes ago, spaceman_spiff said:

Thanks,

I was wondering whether anyone else has done a close up lunar time lapse.

Same here... back before I did my time lapse of a lunar sunrise, I googled and searched various Astro forums to see if anyone done something like this... I found nothing... I dare say we might be the first two who done something like this.... namely a shadow creep lunar timelapse.

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1 minute ago, MarsG76 said:

Same here... back before I did my time lapse of a lunar sunrise, I googled and searched various Astro forums to see if anyone done something like this... I found nothing... I dare say we might be the first two who done something like this.... namely a shadow creep lunar timelapse.

Cool! It's surprising how little work had been done in this area. Lots of time lapses showing most/whole of the Moon but these close ups can show tiny changes in shadows and illumination. I have decided to keep working at this; animating other lunar targets.

I'd love to see your old time lapse. Or if you can't find it, maybe have a go at a new one!

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On 08/03/2018 at 16:06, MarsG76 said:

I found it... attached is my video, timelapse of a Lunar sunrise shadow creep....

That's great! A nice smooth animation, loads of detail and good colour balance.

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