a reply to: Soylent Green Is People
Looking at your Zond 7 image that you posted above, I wonder what method they used to color-calibrate their images. Do you have any details on the
color calibration methods used when they processed those images, or the type of color film emulsion used for the actual negatives?
Concerning Zond 7 - it shot 35 pictures with the SKD camera and 300 mm objective, on 5.6 × 5.6 cm frames of color and panchromatic film. The details
of colour calibration methods, type of film emulsion, exposition and so on are unknown to me.
However, the Zond 7 picture of the Earth
causes no questions and moon photos
show amazing compliance in hue with that allegedly of Apollo 11
I can see the moon with my own eyes, and it certainly is not that ruddy yellow color. When viewed through a telescope, the Moon looks mostly grey, but
has tinges of blue and brown here and there. However, it does not look like the images you are showing...
The reason why human eyes don't see colour of the certainly non-grey Moon is the same that of colourless stars - intensity of light from those
astronomic objects is too low to affect retina's cone cells, so only rod sels can be activated.
In short - all cats are grey in the dark.
Your personal telescope viewing..?
The vast majority of professional astronomers, including collaborators of Leonid Andrenko, I mentioned above
for some reason saw dark yellow colour distinctly.
And the most persuasive argument which eliminates any sort of dispute is the reflectance spectral characteristics of lunar surface, obtained as far
back as before 1954.
For exampe here is results of modern observations
The spectrum of moon light, recorded at Eniwetok, 0200 hr., August 20, 1970. The moon was 15° from zenith. Note that the spectrum
peaks near 660 nm.
The slope of characteristic illustrates neatly and precisely the yellowish brown colour, while - it's well known - different lunar areas have minor
variations in colour.
Reconstruction of the lunar surface colour by its spectral characteristics, wich has been made by Leonid Konovalov
professional cinema camera operator, currently he is an associate professor at the department of Camera Department, Russian State University of
Cinematography (VGIK), on subject Сhromatics,
demonstrates the tint near to that can be seen on numerous Moon photos.
а) A.G.Solovian, professional photographer, Moscow, 23.05.2005, Canon EOS-20D, diaphragm F/5,6, ISO 400, F = 285 mm, exposition automatic.
b)photo of the Moon, shot from the Earth to color film in 2010 (autor under nickrname)
c) A.V. Kudriavets, Moscow, 7.10.2014. img-fotki.yandex.ru...
So the real Moon surface colour is not a subject for discussion anymore for a long time.
But the question inevitably arises - were have been shot next left part pictures
I'm sure anywhere but on the Moon!