The moon is one of the most photographed things in space as it’s visibility from earth makes it a convenient subject. We’ve seen many photos of the moon but this 81-megapixel version made up of 50,000 images is insanely amazing. Photographer Andrew McCarthy is responsible for this thing of beauty.
McCarthy used a Sony A7 II, a ZWO ASI 224MC CCD camera mounted to an Orion XT10 telescope and a Skywatcher EQ6-R to capture the images from his home in Sacramento.
The 81 Megapixel image above is made up of nearly 50,000 images that have been stacked and processed in Photoshop. The A7 II was used to capture the earthshine and the stars, while the ZWO ASI 224MC was used to capture all of the detail in the moon itself.
Andrew needed to capture almost 50,000 images so that he could average out blurring, and atmospheric turbulence. The other reason is so that noise could be eliminated as well. The moon was captured in “tiles” (one section at a time), and then the camera was re-positioned to capture another section
Themoon is made up of 25 tiles in total, and each tile is comprised of the best 50% of 2000 images stacked together. I think we can all agree that the end image is truly staggering, and that backyard astrophotography has been taken to a whole new level.
No matter how you cut it, this is impressive, at least to us it is. Just having the patience to accomplish something like this is impressive. McCarthy’s Reddit post is pretty popular right now and there is more information to be had in that conversation so be sure to check it out, the link is below.