This page contains my GIANT MOONS, both in pixels size and file size.
Unless stated otherwise: all these images are mosaics: a combination of a lot of individual frames, carefully and painstakingly stitched together.

Ah, you want to know how I make these moon mosaics? There is a full write-up on my Tutorials pages.

I have used the MOONTOOL to determine the exact moon age of the cycle.

March 23 through 27, 2002
Libration of the moon (click the image to enlarge)
The libration explained.
Here is is the famous animation by António Cidadão.
This comparison of the mosaic of the 8 day 17 hour old moon with the 8 day 23 hour old moon nicely shows the effects of the Libration of Longitude.
February 5, 2003, 2003 15:53 UT.
The 3 day 23 hours 54 minutes old moon.
February 18, 2002 16:40 - 16:50 UT.
The 5 day 17 hour old moon.
January 15, 2005 15:22 UT.
The 5 day 17 hour old moon.
Not a mosaic, but first light for my 400mm SLR Photolens.
January 15, 2005 17:21 - 17:26 UT.
The 5 day 19 hour old moon.
March 27, 2004 16:33 - 16:40 UT.
The 6 day 5 hour old moon.
June 7, 2003 19:46 UT.
The 7 day 8 hour old moon.
May 16, 2005 17:32 UT.
The 7 day, 16 hour 51 minute old moon.
During a walk I over the Hungarian Puszta saw the 1st Quarter moon and I did not hesitate but imaged.
Not a mosaic but a one shot free hand image - so without any tripod or support - with Nikon Coolpix 995 digital camera.
April 21, 2002 18:25 - 18:55 UT.
The 8 day 17 hour old moon.
November 20, 2004 19:41 -19:54 UT.
The 8 day 23 hour old moon.
This comparison of the mosaic of the 8 day 17 hour old moon with the 8 day 23 hour old moon nicely shows the effects of the Libration of Longitude.
March 23, 2002 18:37 UT.
The 9 day 3 hour old moon.

December 7, 2008 19:23 - 19:54.
9 Piece Mosaic of the Terminator of the 9 day 7 hour old moon
When you click the thumbnail you will see the half sized image: 1250 x 3000 pixels; 267 Kb.
Click here for the full sized image 2500 x 6000 pixels; 932 Kb]
Imaged with LX 200 10-inch f/10 [focal length 2500mm] in prime focus.
Camera: Trust WB-5400 webcam in 1280x1024 pixels format.
Post processing of the individual AVIs: as per my Planetary Post Processing Tutorial.
Mosaic: manually constructed in Photoshop.
Seeing: 8/10, transparency 7/10, almost freezing.
I had problems in imaging the bottom part of the mosaic because of trees ...
January 2, 2004, 17:13 UT.
The 10 day 8 hour old moon.
May 30, 2004 18:04 UT.
The 10 day 20 hour 48 minute old moon.
Location: Bugac Puszta [Hungary].
I am quite pleased with this image, as it demonstrates that with my 300mm SLR Photolens acceptable moon images are possible, even from my EQ1 mount in non-motorized drift mode.
April 1, 2004 21:32 - 21:48 UT.
The 11 day 1 hour old moon.
June 18, 2005 20:18 UT.
The 11 day 2 hour old moon.
Imaged with Maksutov 10cm f/10 in prime focus with Nikon Coolpix 995 and DCL-28 adapter via the zenith mirror.
April 13, 2003 19:16 UT.
The 11 day 7 hour old moon.
March 25, 2002 19:11 UT.
The 11 day 8 hour old moon.
February 28, 2007 17:33 UT.
Moon - 11 days 18 hours.
First Light for my William Optics Zenithstar 80 ED II APO.
I am happy with that 5 minute gap in the clouds!
November 5, 2003 19:27 UT.
The 11 day 20 hour old moon.
November 23, 2004 21:31 - 21:48 UT.
The 12 day 1 hour old moon.
April 14, 2003 21:42 UT.
The 12 day 13 hour old moon.
March 26, 2002 23:04 UT.
The 12 day 16 hour old moon.
March 12, 2006 22:31 - 22:37 UT.
The 12 day 22 hour old moon (with Lidl scope).
December 6, 2003 20:14 UT.
The 12 day 22 hour old moon.
December 22, 2007 20:44 - 20:47 UT.
The 13 day 9 hour old moon.
Not a mosaic but imaged with: William Optics Zenithstar 80 ED II APO with Meade 3.3 Focal Reducer at f/3 [focal length 240 mm],
ATK16IC camera, Astronomik Ha filter.
Exposures Ha: 52 x 0.001s.
April 15, 2003 20:51 UT.
The 13 day 15 hour old moon.
March 2, 2007 19:25 UT.
Moon - 13 days 17 hours.
Imaging: William Optics Zenithstar 80 ED II APO, f/6.8 with Mogg 0.6 Focal Reducer operating at about f/4.1 [focal length approx. 327 mm].
March 27, 2002 21:29 UT.
The 13 day 18 hour old moon.
December 7, 2003 20:49 UT.
The 13 day 21 hour old moon.
March 17, 2003 23:06 UT.
The 14 day 5 hour old moon.
January 24, 2005 20:55 - 21:11 UT.
The 14 day 6 hour old moon.



















January 24, 2005 21:18 - 22:01 UT.
The 14 day 7 hour old moon [651 Kb]
Captured with TAL-2M 6-inch f/8 with Vixen HQ 2x Barlow operating at f/16 and Vesta Pro SC3a B/W RAW camera; Baader IRB Filter
49 AVIs of 30 seconds @ 10 fps.
These 49 AVIs took close to 8 Gigabytes on my hard disk; the whole directory (including iMerge and Photoshop intermediate results) takes almost 1.7 Gig ZIPPED.
I had to use 3 CD-R discs to burn the whole Zip file (the Roxio burner software allows to span multiple CDs).

Some minor gaps in the mosaic were patched with identical pieces from the prime-focus mosaic captured just before this 2x Barlow imaging session.
Imaging and post processing: see my hints and tips section: moon mosaics.

A QCUIAG friend in the UK suprised me with an offer to print this moon mosaic for me, and of course I happily accepted this generous offer.
In the meantime the 90x90 cm printout has found a place in my room, just click on the thumbnail image.



And here you see the same moon mosaic in the office of a friend, where it is admired by many visitors!






The same photo in the living room of friends where it has received the place of honour!






This copy found its way to the bedroom door of a young astronomer-to-be.






A good friend of mine made a nice frame around it and now the photo is a showpiece in the entrance of his home.

January 28, 2002 about 23:45 UT.
The 14 day 18 hour old moon.
This might be my first mosaic.

November 2, 2009 21:12 UT UT.
Moon - 14 days 20 hours.
Imaging: William Optics Zenithstar 80 ED II APO with Meade 3.3 Focal Reducer at f/3 [focal length 240 mm] .
Camera: Philips Vesta SC3a b/w RAW webcam @ 10 fps during 180 seconds, Baader IRB filter.
March 18, 2003 21:19 UT.
The 15 day 6 hour old moon.
August 30, 2004 22:05 UT.
The 15 day 15 hour old moon.
Imaging: TAL-2M 6 inch f/8, Nikon Coolpix 995 with DCL-28 adapter.
September 29, 2004 21:37 UT.
The 16 day 2 hour old moon.
Not a mosaic but imaged with 300mm SLR Photolens and upsized x2.
December 10, 2003 21:04 - 21:18 UT.
The 16 day 14 hour old moon.
October 23, 2002 22:57 UT.
The 17 day 3 hour old moon.
January 24, 2008 22:32 - 22:36 UT.
The 17 day 5 hour old moon.
Imaged with 135mm SLR Photolens with 2x Teleconverter [focal length 270mm], ATK16IC camera, Astronomik Ha filter.
October 30, 2004 22:10 -22:33 UT.
The 17 day 9 hour old moon.
August 16, 2003 02:37 UT.
The 18 day 15 hour old moon.
September 2, 2004 23:19 UT.
The 18 day 18 hour old moon.
Imaged with: TAL-2M 15 cm f/8, Nikon Coolpix 995 digital camera, William Optics DCL-28 adapter.
September 16, 2003 02:07 UT.
The 19 day 18 hour old moon.
July 19, 2003 01:33 - 01:53 UT.
The 20 day 2 hour old moon.
August 6, 2004 03:22 UT.
The 20 day and 11 hour old moon.
Captured with 300mm SLR Photolens with DCL-28 and Coolpix 995.
August 6, 2004 03:33 UT.
The 20 day and 11 hour old moon.
Captured with TAL-2M 6 inch f/8, with DCL-28 and Coolpix 995.
September 28, 2002 03:20 UT.
The 20 day 16 hour old moon.
August 30, 2002 03:56 UT.
The 21 day and 7 hour old moon.
August 20, 2003 02:32 UT.
The 22 day 5 hour old moon.
August 8, 2004 04:32 UT.
The 22 day 9 hour old moon.
Captured with TAL-2M 6 inch f/8, with DCL-28 and Coolpix 995.
September 30, 2002 03:47 UT.
The 22 day 14 hour old moon.
August 21, 2003 04:23 UT.
The 23 day 4 hour old moon.
August 22, 2003 03:37 UT.
The 24 day 1 hour old moon.
September 22, 2003 04:26 UT.
The 25 day 8 hour old moon.

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