Photo credit: Alex Fliker Photography via Peta Pixel
Photographer Alexandru Barbovschi just so happened to be in the right place and time during the most recent full Mineral Moon at the end of March – the term essentially refers to our Moon, but edited with colors on its surface to reveal the mineral deposits. Why? He captured the International Space Station (ISS) transiting in front of this event, and he had to perfectly time his camera to capture the event, which happened in a flash, literally. Read more for the short video and additional information.
The equipment used included a Sky-Watcher Star Adventurer mount, Sky-Watcher Evostar 72ED (72/420mm), a filter wheel with Baader LRGB filters, Barlow 2x, and a ZWO ASI174MM camera. He had to shoot 3,000 frames for each channel to get the color shot RGB channels, as the Moon doesn’t fit the field of view in this configuration, so two panels were shot.
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I actually decided to try and capture it the evening before, when I saw a chance to get proper weather around the transit time. I pinged my good friend and asked him to help me out. He agreed, so two hours before the transit, we hit the road! To give better conditions to watch it, I slowed down the video by about four times,” said Barbovschi to Peta Pixel.