Purchase Large Format High-Resolution Moon Images

Mary
The photographer's wife, Mary, shows the size scale
of the 18 x 18-inch Moon prints offered by Portraits Of The Moon.
These prints are highly detailed images that beg for examination
with a magnifying glass in order to see all the lunar features.


Some of you have asked for it, now I can offer it!


I have a selected gallery of my high-resolution Moon images printed on heavy premium glossy photopaper.
These large-format lunar images are perfect for gifts, personal display, scientific, or educational display.
These are crisp, highly detailed images that reveal all the features seen on the Moon through a typical advanced amateur telescope.
These black and white images are printed to emphasize not only the astronomical science of the moon, but the almost poetic incredible stark desolation that covers our neighboring world.
I have prepared these Moon images to satisfy both the astronomer who desires highly detailed large fomat prints on the Moon in the style of Apollo-era lunar science as well as the lay person who desires an inspirational look at the nearest cosmic world to our home planet.
All images shipped rolled in photo mailing tubes.
If desired, the images can be personally autographed by the photographer


Mary Reeves displays the "7 Moons" montage offered by Portraits Of The Moon. Each phase of the moon in the montage is fully detailed showing lunar mountains and craters.

How These Images Were Made


Each of the full-disk images of the Moon offered here were taken through either a Celestron 8- or Meade 10-inch telescope. The images shown in the "7 Moons", "9 Moons", and "13 Moons" montages were taken over a period of four years.

None of these images is a "single" shot taken with either a film or digital camera. Instead, a technique of mosaicing dozens of highly-detailed small field-of-view images, each composed of a combination of between 600 and 1000 individual frames taken with a small solid-state video camera, was employed to create the highest resolution lunar images possible. Either a ToUcam, Atik 2hs, or a DMK41 webcam-style video camera was used to take these images.

This technique of "stacking" hundreds of images to create a master image, which is then mosaiced with other master images to cover the face of the Moon, circumvents the blurring effects of the atmosphere that degrades a single exposure of the Moon. This atmospheric degradation is the same thing as "heat waves" that blurs a distant scene viewed over a hot highway or atmospheric turbulence that makes the stars twinkle at night.

While labor intensive, the stacking and mosaicing technique allows small telescopes to achieve better lunar images than was possible through large professional telescopes just a generation ago. For instance, the center full Moon image in the wide montages is comprised of no less that 21,000 separate video frames that were combined into 41 small-field images that were then mosaiced together to create the full disc of the Moon. The net effect is each small image used to create the mosaic showed the Moon as it would appear in a 400-power telescope eyepiece.


The following two images are offered as 18 x 18-inch 300 DPI prints at $50 each, plus S&H.

1st-4th quarter

"First and Third Quarter Moon Montage"

Right image taken on March 17, 2005
Left image taken August 26, 2005
through a Celestron-8 telescope.

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waxing gibbous

"Waxing Gibbous Moon"

Taken through a Celestron-8 telescope.

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The following image is offered as a 48-inch wide 300 DPI print at $100 each, plus S&H


7 moons

"7 Moons"


This montage is 14 x 48 inches in dimention and shows the phases of the Moon from waxing crescent, first quarter, full, third quarter, and waning crescent.



The following two images are offered as a 60-inch wide 300 DPI print at $100 each, plus S&H


9 moons

"9 Moons"


This montage is 12 x 60 inches in dimention and includes the waxing and waning gibbous phases.

13 moons

"13 Moons"


This montage is 8 x 60 inches in dimention and includes the waxing and waning gibbous phases.



The following four images are offered as 18 x 18-inch 300 DPI prints at $50 each plus S&H

crescent

"Crescent Moon"

Image taken January 12, 2008 through a Celestron-8 telescope.

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1st quarter

"First Quarter Moon"

Image taken March 17, 2005 through a Celestron-8 telescope.

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3rd quarter

"Third Quarter Moon"

Image taken August 26, 2005 through a Celestron-8 telescope.

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waning gibbous

"Waning Gibbous Moon"


Taken on August 9, 2009 through a 10-inch Meade LX200 8
telescope at Cherry Mountain Observatory.

Note: When ordering this print, please do not confuse
the terms "waxing" and "waning" or you may recieve
the wrong print!
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How to order prints from Portraits Of The Moon


--Contact me at the spam-resistant email address below to arrange payment.

--I do not accept credit cards, the old fashioned check or money order will work nicely!

--Tell me which print, or prints, you want by name. The name for each image is in quotes below the picture.

--If you want multiple prints they will be shipped in one mailing tube to save shipping costs.

--If you want the prints dedicated and autographed to an individual, please tell me their name with the proper spelling.

--Assume a two to three week turnaround in recieving your Moon images.

Email to: reeves10 (at) satx (dot) rr (dot) com


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