Recently one of the clearest pictures of the moon captured by 16-year-old Prathamesh Jaju from Pune has gained immense popularity on the internet. These pictures are now becoming fiercely viral on social media. Prathamesh, who clicked very clear and colorful pictures of the moon, took more than 50 thousand photos and used 186 gigabytes of data.
Prathamesh Jaju describes himself as an amateur astronomer and astro photographer. He explains that this is the most informative and clear shot of the third quarter of Mineral Moon.
Sharing these pictures on his Instagram account, he informed that he first took 38 videos of small parts of the moon. Each video has about 2000 frames. They were stabilized and transformed into a single picture and then put together to form a complete picture of the moon. For this he used the Celestron 5 Cassegrain OTA (telescope), ZWO ASI120MC-S super-speed USB camera, SkyWatcher EQ3-2 mount and GSO 2X BARLOW lens. Then with the help of Sharpcap, took pictures and stabilized them.
Talking to news agency ANI, Prathamesh said, “I clicked the picture on May 3 at 1 pm. I captured the video and photo for about 4 hours. After that it took 38-40 hours to process it. The main reason behind 50,000 photographs was to get the clearest picture of the moon. I put all the pictures together and sharpened the picture to see the fine details of the moon.”
He added, “The raw data was around 100 GB and processing it made it 186 GB.”
According to a report in Amar Ujala, Jaju said, every color of the picture represents the colors found on the moon. In blue are the places where there is ilmenite composed of iron, titanium and oxygen. At the same time, orange and purple are the places where it is in less quantity. Whereas in white or gray there are areas where there is more sunlight.
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Before doing this process, Prathamesh read many stories and watched many videos. So that he can get information about processing and clicking of these photos.
Let us tell you that Prathamesh has named the clearest and most beautiful picture of the moon so far as ‘HDR Last Quarter Mineral Moon‘.