Moon Phase Project

Moon Phase Project

 

These are pictures of the Moon during each day of its transition through the 29.5 day Lunar Cycle. I was able to capture every day except Day 1 and Day 29. These are difficult to photograph since they are very close to the horizon just before sunrise and just after sunset. Also the moon is just a tiny crescent ~1% Illuminated.  It took me about 1 year to get every day photographed.

The pictures were taken through a Meade ETX-125 Maksutov-Cassegrain Telescope. The telescope has 127mm Aperture, an f/15 Focal Ratio and a 1900mm Focal Length. A Canon EOS T3 was used to capture the images. It was mounted on the telescope with and eyepiece adapter instead of a lens, so the telescope became the lens for the camera. Most of the pictures were taken with an exposure time of 1/60 sec for the small crescents to 1/500 sec for the full moon.  Each image is composed of two separate pictures that were "stitched" together using Microsoft ICE.

Moon Phases

The specific dates and ages of the moon are listed in the table below.

Day

Date Taken

Actual Age

2

11/15/12

2.3 days

3

09/18/12

3.2 days

4

11/16/12

3.6 days

5

10/09/13

5.0 days

6

10/10/13

6.0 days

7

10/11/13

7.1 days

8

09/12/13

7.6 days

9

09/23/12

8.8 days

10

09/24/12

9.7 days

11

09/25/12

10.8 days

12

09/26/12

11.7 days

13

08/29/12

13.2 days

14

08/30/12

14.2 days

15

08/20/13

14.8 days

16

09/21/13

16.0 days

17

10/02/12

16.9 days

18

09/23/13

18.0 days

19

09/24/13

19.0 days

20

09/25/13

20.0 days

21

09/26/13

21.0 days

22

09/27/13

22.0 days

23

09/28/13

23.0 days

24

09/10/12

23.9 days

25

09/30/13

25.0 days

26

10/01/13

26.0 days

27

09/02/13

26.7 days

28

09/14/12

27.8 days