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Photographer's Note

This is not a creation in Photoshop! Twenty-five years ago on a clear winter night I shot an entire roll of images of the moon, using a 1600 mm-focal length Questar telescope, coupled to a Nikon-F camera. (This magnification corresponds to a 2400 mm lens on a digital camera.) I kept careful notes on where the moon was located in each frame, and whether the camera was configured vertically or horizontally. Then I put the film in the freezer compartment of the refrigerator. Months later I retrieved the film, and on a trip to Washington, DC, I used the film again, being mindful of where the moon was located. (The background for the moon was, of course, completely black, unexposed, after the original shots of the moon.) In shooting the Washington Monument and the rest of the skyline of Washington, DC, I used a 135-mm lens. It behooves me to admit I also had a number catastrophic "collisions" of moon and earth. The moon did get punctured, the Fontainebleu Hotel in Miami was leveled, etc.

The Washington Monument is a 550 foot (167 meter) high obelisk erected in the 1860s to honor the First President of the United States, George Washington (1732-1799). Approximately one-fourth of the way from the bottom of the monument, there is a subtle change in color. During the Civil War years (1861-1865) work on the monument was interrupted, and later resumed. During the second phase of the building, a variation of the original stone had been used, exhibiting a slightly different hue.

PS It has been three years since I posted this photo. I was a neophyte with post-processing. There is a great deal of noise that could have been remove. I am grateful to Linda Richters (richtersl) who has done ws versions to show how much the photo could have been corrected.

POSTSCRIPT. In celebrating the 'Year of Astronomy,' inspired by the 400th Anniversary of the invention of the telescope, I employed a 7" Questar to photograph the moon. The resolution one can achieve is quite remarkable.

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