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Hi, I'm back with enhanced images:
A 450 nm filter applied.
10x zoom, and a stack of 5 images, 450 nm filter.
5x zoom, all colors filtered.
No zoom, all colors filtered.
Dithered with 700nm and 500nm filters applied.
Stack of 5 with lensing effects.
Lensing applied with chroma correction and 700nm and 450nm filters applied.
I dabble in Astronomy, and often spend hours letting my computer enhance DSOs. (Deep Sky Objects). I'm an amateur, but I have the software and know
how to play with vague images to enhance details. One of the best programs is Registax, I'm running version 5.1, and you can get a copy for free if
you are interested in learning more, just google it. It has soooo many features, everything an amateur astronomer could want.
I've come to the conclusion what you were watching was the moon, going through a very interesting phase of atmospheric lensing. It's called
phenomena, and worth getting on video. To me, the sky is fascinating, and it makes me realize how tiny our planet is.
A few facts: The moon is roughly 240,000 miles away. Our atmosphere is roughly 18 miles thick. It's composed of several layers, each interacting
with what we can see through it, causing all kinds of distortions.
Staying on topic, the interaction of the different layers, sunlight on the outer layers, radiation from the sun penetrating inner layers, refraction
and angles of incidence, and so on, create this huge kaleidoscope of colors. It's very rare to see a celestial object go through such a series of
spectrum changes. Good find!
Also adding in that you reported it was in the sky for the 2.25 minutes you filmed it, ages actually, and it moved slowly, no sudden movements or
erratic jumping. Fits the behavior of the moon. The chromatic display must have been awesome to watch with the naked eye.
I researched your camera, it has an aperture of 5mm to 75mm. The human iris has an aperture from 4mm to 8mm, depending solely on your age, as your
aperture of your eye increases accordingly. The bigger the iris, the more photons are let in, and more detail appears. The "closer" an object is,
the blurrier it will be, because you need something to focus it on your retina A telescope or camera does that for you.. Your camera goes well
beyond the range of human eyesight, just try to imagine it as a bionicle eye which you can use to enhance your own vision. Telescopes do the same
sort of normal vision enhancements. Computer software takes the information and revises it pixel by pixel, giving you something that your naked
eyesight couldn't normally see.
Your camera has a 1.35 to 5.4 focal length. That means the primary lens is a range of 1.35 inches to 5.4 inches from the CCD chip (charge-coupled
device, the "film" of a digital camera, and the thing that captures photons in different frequency ranges, "colors"), and you have 0 to 15x the
ability to magnify whatever you point it at. Next time try to remember your zoom level, and post it, because from your focal length and aperture
people can calculate distance and adjust focus in their software. Yeah, really. No kidding. As a hobby, I run my own observatory, learning every
day something a little different.
If you gain an interest in astronomy, please get a tripod. You can get stunning pics of the moon under the right conditions with the addition of a
tripod and your cameras capabilities. The chromatic aberrations you captured were rare and outstanding.
edit on 3/23/11 by Druid42 because: Changed an Iris to a Retina. Macular Magik. Made more sense.