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The Moon Challenge

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posted on Oct, 14 2011 @ 10:15 AM
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Last night I took these two photos of the moon from my back deck.



Here is the challenge:

I would like someone to produce an official image of the moon taken by NASA that is of higher quality, more detailed, higher resolution, COLOR image of the moon. I repeat - COLOR image.

It MUST be an OFFICIAL NASA image.

NASA has spent how much imaging the moon?

Can anyone produce a better quality NASA image of the moon than my amateur images taken using a digital camera and zoom lens from a back yard through the thick atmosphere of planet earth?

Is anyone out there up for the challenge?




posted on Oct, 14 2011 @ 10:23 AM
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The link won't work for me.
Any chance you could post the pictures?



posted on Oct, 14 2011 @ 10:26 AM
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Does exaggerated color count?

apod.nasa.gov...



Explanation: Earth's Moon is normally seen in subtle shades of grey or yellow. But small color differences have been greatly exaggerated to make this dramatic mosaic image of the Moon's gibbous phase. The familiar Sea of Tranquility (Mare Tranquillitatis) is the blue area right of center. White lines radiate from the crater Tycho at bottom left, while purplish tones mottle the crater Copernicus left of center. Though exaggerated, the different colors are recognized to correspond to real differences in the chemical makeup of the lunar surface - blue hues reveal titanium rich areas while orange and purple colors show regions relatively poor in titanium and iron. Calibrated by rock samples from the Apollo missions, similar multicolor images from spacecraft have been used to explore the Moon's global surface composition.

As that text indicates, NASA is more interested in scientific aspects of the moon, like surface composition.

So the color wavelengths they choose for photography are selected to aid in determining surface composition, as opposed to trying to make pictures that you can make in your back yard.



edit on 14-10-2011 by Arbitrageur because: clarification



posted on Oct, 14 2011 @ 10:30 AM
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Great pics buddy !

Nice detail. Just a cam and the zoom on it you say ? lol



as for your challenge their are plenty of exaggerated color photos i don't know about raw ones from earth based telescope




ops pic zoom 400 percent



edit on 14-10-2011 by seedofchucky because: (no reason given)



posted on Oct, 14 2011 @ 10:31 AM
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This one does not meet the challenge unfortunately - the OP's images are in much higher resolution....



posted on Oct, 14 2011 @ 10:33 AM
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Originally posted by SilentE
The link won't work for me.
Any chance you could post the pictures?


Here's the OPs first photo, the second is about the same.

It would look better cropped, but that's up to the OP, I just resized the image to fit ATS:




posted on Oct, 14 2011 @ 10:36 AM
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Originally posted by windlass34
This one does not meet the challenge unfortunately - the OP's images are in much higher resolution....
How many pixels in the OP pic are nothing but black sky and how many are the moon?

Have you actually downloaded both photos to see how many pixels make up the moon in each one?

Here's the same photo I posted before without resizing to fit the screen, it has quite a few pixels:

apod.nasa.gov...

edit on 14-10-2011 by Arbitrageur because: clarification



posted on Oct, 14 2011 @ 10:41 AM
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Yea, I wanted to post the raw unedited images. I did convert to JPG for quicker download.

Now for example, if I went up in the space shuttle w/ my camera and zoom I am certain I could get a better shot of the moon. This is common sense as I would be beyond earths thick atmosphere.

So surely NASA MUST have a single image of the moon from say the space shuttle, the Hubble telescope, one of the imaging satellites in earths orbit, or a lunar probe as it approaches the moon, etc.

All I am asking is for ONE single NASA image that is COLOR and of better quality than mine.



posted on Oct, 14 2011 @ 10:43 AM
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Is this a colorized image?

Yes it is ...
edit on 14-10-2011 by freedommusic because: (no reason given)



posted on Oct, 14 2011 @ 10:44 AM
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I took this last week.
Half moon I know but there you go.





posted on Oct, 14 2011 @ 10:44 AM
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Thanks for that.

I'm on my mobile so some links wont work.

Great picture OP!
I've tried taking some with my camera before but they aren't any good. Maybe it's time for a new one.
I would ask what you use but i'm sure the answer would go straight over my head.



posted on Oct, 14 2011 @ 10:49 AM
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I KNOW that YOU guys will have better pics.

The challenge is specifically an unaltered COLOR, high resolution, photo of the moon by NASA.



posted on Oct, 14 2011 @ 10:49 AM
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Originally posted by freedommusic
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Is this a colorized image?
It's the exact same image I posted a few posts before that, except I didn't resize it to fit the screen. The caption in the previous post explains how it was made.



posted on Oct, 14 2011 @ 10:49 AM
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Some cool supermoon images from rookies here

www.universetoday.com...




and how about this one ! picture of moon from ISS !

triggerpit.com...


Where is my cookies!



posted on Oct, 14 2011 @ 10:53 AM
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Originally posted by seedofchucky

Where is my cookies!


Sorry no cigar. MUST be NASA and the image of the moon from ISS is lame.

farm5.static.flickr.com...

This is all our earth fairing space exploration can produce?



posted on Oct, 14 2011 @ 10:57 AM
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For anyone who is interested, the equipment I used was a Canon 5D 21 MP digital camera. A 100-400mm zoom lens and a 2x extender.

I understand NASA has better imaging equipment than I do ...



posted on Oct, 14 2011 @ 11:00 AM
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Originally posted by windlass34
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This one does not meet the challenge unfortunately - the OP's images are in much higher resolution....


If you take the time to look - the OP's images show considerable blurring from atmospheric distortions, as well as imperfections of the telescope.

The overall picture is of higher resolution - but that mostly consists of anything but the moon. When you actually compare shots of the moon - the Official release and the picture are not much different.

www.hiddenloft.com...

- That will satisfy the requirement ... though I can't really say whether or not it's in color... there isn't a whole hell of a lot of color on the moon to tell.



posted on Oct, 14 2011 @ 11:05 AM
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Yes, this is a great image of the moon:

farm6.static.flickr.com...

Sadly NOT from NASA.



posted on Oct, 14 2011 @ 11:08 AM
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- That will satisfy the requirement ... though I can't really say whether or not it's in color... there isn't a whole hell of a lot of color on the moon to tell.


Actually it doesn't satisfy the requirement because the image you posted is colorized.

I would like an unaltered, better quality, COLOR image from NASA.

Is this the best NASA can do?



posted on Oct, 14 2011 @ 11:26 AM
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Does this count?




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