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Trevor

World Record Lunar Imaging Attempt.

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Well it’s about time this was let out of the bag so to speak.

We completed the run over the evening of the 4/5th April and hopefully when all the processing is finished it will work out ”famous last words”

Personally I ran off 116 Gb of data

319 Avi’s

Over 370000 frames

Trev.

Imaging Team Aim for the Record Books

An ambitious project to create the largest amateur image of the Moon, and enter the Guinness book of records is set for this Spring. A team of people, comprising of some of the worlds foremost Astro Imagers, are meeting up with a barrage of Celestron SCT scopes and Lumenera cameras to create an image which will eclipse any image so far taken of the Moon by amateur astronomers.

The aim, to image the Moon at very high focal lengths, using the Skynyx 2-0 cameras attached to C14's and C11's will create an image close to 90 mega pixels in size, and comprise of almost 1 million frames of video, totalling almost 900GB of data processing. The final image, of a 10 day old Moon will be made up of close to 300 separate high resolution panes, which will then be painstakingly added together to form the final image.

The image will see the like of Damian Peach, Pete Lawrence, Dave Tyler, Bruce Kingsley, Nick Smith and more congregate at Sir Patrick Moore's Selsey home, all working on assigned segments of the Moon.

“This will be a monumental image, worthy of the IYA, and our way of honouring Sir Patrick's incredible work in mapping the Moon for the Russian and American Moon missions in the 1960s, on this, the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing”, say's Nick Howes, who is part of the imaging team, and came up with the original plan for the record attempt. “To have secured such an immense pool of imaging talent for this is a real thrill, and to be allowed to attempt it from Sir Patrick's garden, will only add to the excitement”.

“This is a huge team effort with every single person playing a huge part” continues Nick. “We have additional imaging team member Trevor Little, making up 7 who will be working at the high focal lengths, as well as additional team members working on other aspects of the imaging at lower focal ratios, which we hope will add some colour to the final creation. Ninian Boyle, of Venturescope, and BBC Sky at Night Magazine astronomy consultant will be coordinating the team on the night, and Captain Mark Irving, and Leanne Irving will be providing additional support.

Independent verification to satisfy the Guinness requirements will also be on site”

All proceeds from use of the final image will be donated to the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, a charity designated by Sir Patrick, with all team members contributing their time for free.

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Wow..... I cant wait to see the results from all those frames, that must have been some late nights.

Cheers

Neil

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Wowwee Trev, that's one helluva image and a lot of data...

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I think Nick’s original estimate was a tad out, just between Nick and myself we must have run off nearly ¾ million frames about 600 Avi’s and over 200Gb of data.

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I'm sure this project will turn out to be a huge success. How can it not with such esteemed imagers on the job.

I am interested in how the the mosaic will be put together, and more importantly, displayed in it's entirety.

Well done all those who took part in this venture.

It's going to be an exceptional accomplishment.

Ron. :icon_rolleyes:;)

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Really looking forward to seeing this when complete - how close to completion are you?

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Wow, sounds like an incredible piece of work!

Well done to all involved :icon_rolleyes:

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Quite a way to go before it’s completed.

The reason to announce it was to show that the imaging attempt has already been completed at a said date before anybody else submit’s a claim, which maybe quite likely although theirs probably will come under different submission terms.

Edit:

Nick made sure it was covered see page 7 here: http://wasnet.co.uk/NWAS/May09.pdf

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The image and website will be live soon. We are using Microsoft Deep Zoom to enable people to see the image in it's almost 87MP entirety. The final image scale is around 0.2 arcsec/pixel (the seeing, as you will see was far from ideal), with features like the central rille in the Alpine Valley visible on an image of this scale, it's quite something. The guys at Mt Palomar were blown away by it (they have seen it already). The key point we are getting across though is that the image, is something for IYA, to celebrate both Harriot/Galileo's first lunar maps 400 years ago, and also Patrick's amazing lunar mapping for Apollo. We are donating all proceeds from downloads and sales of posters to Cystic Fribrosis charity, and every team member has given their time, services, website hosting (many thanks to Ian Sharp) etc for free.

Multiple press groups have been contacted and are interested/covering this, we're all thrilled that it came off at all (as you'll see, some of us had some major technical issues on the day, which were thankfully resolved)..

We ran off around 1.2 million frames of video, collated and processed almost 1000 frames for the image, and culled/tweaked and put it all together for final compositing which initially gave us a 400+Mb image in Photoshop.

So please...donate and get a copy of the image, for your society, planetarium etc... when it's all live

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Good job Nick and co.

Cant wait to see this collosal image in all its glory :)

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an amazing effort lads! Can;t wait to see it.

I imagine it will make it one of the most comprehensive lunar atlas's available.

Are you going to publish a lunar atlas from it as well?

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The image will be available for download etc, and print form. All monies raised from sales (every penny!) is going to CF trust.. no plans for an atlas..just posters. The seeing was not perfect (as you will see on the website when we go live), but it was huge fun, and is all for a great cause

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