It is truly amazing what you can capture from a light-polluted backyard with a couple of inexpensive gears.

Interesting EngineeringBy Derya Ozdemir

© cosmic_background/Instagram | Astrophotographer Creates a Crystal Clear High-Resolution Moon Image from 6000 Photographs

The sky is for all of us to see; anyone could wander outside their houses to look through lenses and venture on an adventure to the cosmos by themselves. Our universe is a wonderful, marvelous, and scary place full of stunning vistas and astounding events; no wonder we love looking through our tiny telescopes to capture the pictures of the giant stars.
Andrew McCarthy is an amateur space photographer – or a “space nerd” as he calls himself who takes such photographs. His fascination and curiosity for space were piqued as a little child when his father introduced him to the Moon and beyond through his telescope. His love was reignited after finding a free telescope on Craiglist, and now, he has taken hundreds of thousands of photos, astonishing people from all around the world. 
On April 1st, McCarthy shared a photo he took of the Moon, writing it's with "the most color detail [he's] ever done." Once you zoom in, you can actually see how different craters expose different minerals.
It is truly breathtaking. And here is another version he captured some time before this shot.

How did he do it? 

He explains the process behind the photograph on a Reddit comment, "This was taken last night, and is a blend of around 6,000 individual 16 Megapixel images. This gave me crystal clear color resolution, which I then enhanced to show the subtle variations in mineral content on the moon. The blue areas are titanium-rich, while orange is predominantly Feldspar and Iron."
He apparently used a telescope at 1400mm, and a special astrophotography camera to take the picture. In this video, he explains the equipment he uses in great detail. This is especially great for people who are just starting out with astrophotography. 
This article was originally published by Interesting Engineering. 
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