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John Nelson
Graham, Washington
12:00 am

Equipment Details:

The image of the moon was taken with an Explore Scientific 127mm telescope and a Nikon D810 camera.

Post-processing Details:

The moon image is the result of a 60 image stack taken with my Nikon D810 DSLR. The images were aligned and stacked in Registax6, and the final product was processed in wavelets. Further processing to bring out the color was accomplished in Lightroom. For the purposes of creating this anniversary presentation, the image was placed in a wider field black background before mapping the locations of the landing sites and adding the word graphics. This was all done in Photoshop.

Image Details:

I created this presentation to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, marking the beginning of humanity's physical presence on the moon. When I discovered the Apollo 11 landing site could be mapped on this image, I did some research and discovered that all six landing sites could be mapped on this lunar image, so I did and added the graphics to honor the first moon landing on July 20th 1969. The image of the moon was actually taken several years ago, but the final image combined with the graphics was completed on 10 July, 2019.