The Moon in color and natural tones floating in mid air !
3D processed for up to UHD size !




Right click on links and "Save link as ..."

Enhanced colors Full Moon

Link for demi width JPG for UHD 3D TV
Link for UHD .MPO, best for UHD 3D TV
(Link for original UHD JPG)

Looking at them on a large 3D TV from about 4m far away will give you an incredible show :
The beautifully colored Moon will float in mid air in your salon !!
Of course UHD is best ...

For non UHD TVs ( 3D HD) :

Link for demi width JPG for HD 3D
Link for UHD .MPO, best for HD 3D
(Link for original HD JPG

For ANDROID UHD TVs (Like Sony)
( download WMV format, 2 frames at 0.001 FPS ... as 3D MPO, JPG are not accepted !) :


Natural tones Full Moon

Link for UHD .MPO, best for UHD 3D TV
Link for demi width JPG for UHD 3D TV

Link for standard UHD TV (Anaglyph glasses Red/Cyan)

For non UHD TVs ( 3D HD) :

Link for UHD .MPO, best for HD 3D
Link for demi width JPG for HD 3D

Link for standard HD TV (Anaglyph glasses Red/Cyan)




Older links left in case ...

Download thoses 3D pictures (parallel mode) with a right-click ...

on couple on top for 3D HD (2 x 1920 x 1080)
or on 3D - UHD [.JPG] (2 x 3840 x 2160)
or on 3D - UHD [.MPO] (easily loaded by a LG, Panasonic, ... UHD 3D TV)
... then choose "Save link as ...".
Thereafter, a USB key is the easiest way to go to the TV !

With a 55" 3D TV it is giant ! I wanted to get this huge Moon balloon in my hands :)
Changing the type of vision to X, interlaced ... can be done easily with SPM (StereoPhoto Maker). Don't use anaglyphs !


This page will explain how it was done using a battery of freewares !

I] Taking pictures !

A good option with a not full frame DSLR as the Canon EOS 40D, 500D, 1100D, 1200D etc. is using an ETX90 well known for its almost perfect optics.
The Moon will almost fill up all the FOV (in the smallest side of the sensor) but there is enough margin to work even without motors.
It is even light enough not to be obliged to install counterweights on a small Celestron of Vixen SP style mount (if using manual controls).
Below is a typical example of the field and the interesting Exif data of the exposures.
Generally clic on the pictures for full original size.

Filename - _MG_4599.JPG
Model - Canon EOS 500D
DateTime - 2016:01:25 00:01:45
ExposureTime - 1/125 seconds
FNumber - 0
ISOSpeedRatings - 400
ExifImageWidth - 4752
ExifImageHeight - 3168
Quality - Fine
Focus mode - MF
Image size - Large
Contrast - Normal
Saturation - Normal
White Balance - Auto

I took in a fex min 26 pictures in RAW + JPG_L mode.

Why take so many pictures ?
It has been shown than increasing the saturation of a single picture would lead fast to bad looking color noise (less with RAWs as below with Irfanview than using JPGs but still ...) !

Then a registration software should be used to increase the S/N ratio ...

II] Registration to improve S/N ratio

The best free registration software available today for large planet like objects, IMHO is AS!2 (Autostakkert!2)
As AS!2 will not readily accept CR2 RAW pictures, they must be converted first. Only one choice : TIFF !
PNGs will take 200 x more time to process - that is many hours - than TIFF in AS!2 !

If ufraw-batch has been installed previously from ,
then RAW CR2 to TIF can be done with as a command (right-click pasted from below) included in the Target field of a shortcut :

"C:\Program Files (x86)\UFRaw\bin\ufraw-batch.exe" "O:\TBShvatMoon\GoodCR2\*.CR2" --wb=auto --saturation=3 --out-type=tif --out-depth=16

The part in blue is to be changed for the location where sit the CR2 ... also note that I included a first saturation step here (+3).

Also as I will do here to ease the PC process with less huge pictures using the shrink option and also softer colors using smoothing (about 3s / pic) :

"C:\Program Files (x86)\UFRaw\bin\ufraw-batch.exe" "O:\TBShvatMoon\GoodCR2\*.CR2" --wb=auto --shrink=2 --saturation=3 --out-type=tif --out-depth=16

other parameters that could be used : --color-smoothing --interpolation=ahd


Below is a single converted RGB 16b TIFF (25% size)

Then select & draw all the TIFF (I had 26 which is really a maximum to fit in usable PC memory in 32bits just after a PC reboot !) into AS!2 in No Buffering mode !
Analyse in Planet (COG) mode,
when done Stack with a single 400x400 AP on Aristarchus e.g. and '90% Frame% to stack' and also "Sharpened Blend with RAW 50%) ...
It will take a few min on a fast PC ! You can save as PNG now.

See important parameters below :

Results below (click for full size JPG)

The convolution sharpened picture, once converted in grayscale, will be used later as luminance, rich in details !


III] Luminance enhancement : gamma and contrast

Better keep pale RGB colors for the time being (not shown in picture below BTW) ...

Result : (click here for jpg)

IV] Saturation enhancement

With the "not conv" PNG, let's enhance saturation in Irfanview in 3 steps ...


Step 1 & Step 2 twice same parameters :

Step 3 is different :

Now a bit of optimisation in Simply Good Pictures 4 Free :

Now in RegiStax6 I use the RGB Alignment Tool with "Estimate" and don't forget after "Do All' !


V]Register in RegiStax5

As there has been some pixel changes, register the enhanced RGB Luminance image and the modified enhanced color image so they will fit well when mixed later.
Use 1 large AP on Aristarchus. At Stack page save both same original size registered PNGs.


VI] Mix in GIMP2

Now open both images in Gimp2 by drawing them into the empty start window.

Blur color image, we don't want grainy aspect

Decompose colors ...

... into HSL ('Decompose to layers' is unchecked)

Ok ...

Now convert the luminance picture in grayscale in Mode Menu :



and copy into lightness ...


See change in resolution !
Anchor the floating layer ...

(Note : this is the only way to be able to recompose because layers have IDs !)

Now Recompose :

When looking at the original color image it has changed and now looks now like this !!

let's arrange a bit the Color Balance ...

done !


VII] 3D ...

LuSol3D can be used but resulting images will be smaller than the screen. See one of the frame of the couple below :

For best result, Map the picture on a sphere with PovRay.
This step was done by Alain.

Final results at top of page !

... As POV-Ray to finalise the 3D image, lets go to the special POV-Ray page ...

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