BARTOSZ-WOJCYNSKI

98% WANING GIBBOUS MOON

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Polish-born Bartosz Wojczynski works as a computer programme designer and graphic programmer in Piekary Śląskie in southern Poland. He began to work in photography in 2011, experimenting with various techniques before beginning to focus three years later on the art of astrophotography, having acquired a high-quality Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope (SCT). Attracted to technology in general, his passion fits well with astronomical photography because this type of technique requires deep knowledge of optics and digital image processing. While photographs of space are attributed to John William Draper with a daguerreotype of the Moon (1840), Bartosz Wojczynski instead constantly refers in his work to Dmitry Makolkin, considered to be one of the pioneers of high-resolution lunar imagery beginning in the 2000s.  ... See more See less

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“I take my photos from the balcony of my apartment in Piekary Śląskie, Poland… Solar System objects including the Moon, are absolutely not affected by light pollution due to their brightness - so for that type of astrophotography, there's no need to travel at all!”

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To human eyes, the Moon is colourless. Using painstaking data processing, it is possible to show the differences in colouration. To produce this photograph, taken in 2011, Bartosz Wojczynski captured 32,000 images using a telescope optimised for lunar imagery. The terrestrial atmosphere not being a stable optical medium, slight distortions appear. These are then piled up and accentuated on a computer using advanced image processing algorithms. Adding special scientific filters to the process, Bartosz Wojczynski reveals slight differences in composition that correspond to various types of matter on the lunar surface. 98% Waning Gibbous Moon was taken from the balcony of his apartment in a densely populated urban zone in southern Poland. The Moon and planets are among the most luminous objects in the sky and can easily be photographed, even in environments that experience significant light pollution. With modern equipment available to everyone it is now possible to create images that were impossible to take twenty years ago except by professional observatories.

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07 March 2019

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