The Moon on Christmas day – December 25, 2014
In contrast with the previous day, when I had the luck of very clear skies, on Christmas day a cirrus cloud front coming from the west made my plans for imaging the Moon…worth nothing.
Still, using again the HDR method for getting both the very bright and the not so bright parts of the Moon in the same image, I’ve managed to get a combined shot showing both the Earthsine and Sun-illuminated part of the Moon glowing through some thin cirrus clouds. There is a halo (corona) enveloping the illuminated part of the Moon; this effect is due to refraction, reflection and dispersion of the light by the ice crystals in the clouds.
The image was acquired using the same equipment as for the December 24th image.
And an image of the Sun-illuminated part of the Moon, this time acquired using a 2x TeleVue Powermate, and around 70 frames: