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Uploaded on Oct 13, 2011
Some nice footage of last night's full moon rise, using a Celestron 900mm telescope and 2x optical teleconverter, resulting in an 1800mm equivalent magnification/focal length. The action is sped-up 4x in software (Sony Vegas) and a nice ambient soundtrack rounds-out the scene.
The strange wavy movement is caused by looking through heat waves in the Earth's atmosphere. The variation in air density acts as a sort of moving lens, much like looking down a desert road in the summer. This is a problem with all ground-based astronomical observation, and why many telescopes are built high on mountain peaks, or even in space like the Hubble, to avoid the distortion of looking through atmosphere altogether.
The soundtrack is "Oasis" from the "Silicon Landscape" CD by Technician (yours truly), album and single track available on iTunes at http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/sili... Full artist discography, CDs, and MP3 downloads available at HTTP://technician.jcmdi.com
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