Sunday, April 29, 2012

Capturing and Processing Images of the Moon

I tried taking pictures of the Moon using my Kodak Easyshare Z981 last month. The following image was photographed using optical zoom and manual settings for the image capture. It was originally captured using a 14 megapixel setting, cropped, enhanced with the image enhancement program and then reduced in size to better match the resolution of the image.
The camera settings for the original image as shown in MS Office Picture Manager are:
Supplemental (May 4): In the image of the Moon above one can just make out the craters Dionysius and Ariadaeus near the border of the Sea of Tranquility which are 18 km and 11.2 km in diameter respectively. The angular resolution for Ariadaeus would be about 36-40 asec or 4-5 times the diffraction limit (twice the half angle) for the 33 mm telephoto lens of the camera.

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