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Peter Lowenstein
Mutare, Zimbabwe
02:18 am

Equipment Details:

Tripod Mounted Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60 in sunset scene mode with x60 optical zoom

Post-processing Details:

16 frames extracted from a two-and-a-half minute video used to compile the accompanying mosaic. A x4 speed time-lapse animation has been posted at

Image Details:

Waxing Moon with Golden Handle Setting
Perfectly clear sky with good visibility in the early hours of the morning on Wednesday 15th May provided some excellent views of the Waxing Gibbous Moon displaying the Golden Handle setting behind the summit of Murahwa Mountain, Mutare. About 4 days before full Moon, when the sun rises above Sinus Iridium on the Moon the Montes Jura are illuminated and form the Golden Handle. On this occasion it was shining brightest as the Moon approached the local horizon.