Capturing perfect pictures of the Moon is not a very easy task. As it requires professional photographic skill and extremely advanced equipment. And it comes with very high prices. But it seems that Andrew McCarthy countered part of that logic. He is a Californian enthusiast of astrophotography. The photographer was able to produce a detailed image of the satellite from the combination of 50,000 photos captured by himself.
Source: Reproduction / Andrew McCarthy
He carried out the work with two cameras. Sony Alpha a7 II mirrorless (of 1 thousand dollars, about 3,7 thousand reais). And ZWO ASI224MC (of 250 dollars, about 940 reais), suitable for macro. It is important to consider that astrophotography equipment can reach tens of thousands of dollars. In addition, often NASA makes the high quality spatial images. So we can all realize that the photographer has actually managed to achieve a very realistic and impressive result.
Source: Reproduction / Sony / ZWO ASI
At the PetaPixel website , which specializes in photography, McCarthy said that he captured the brightest part of the Moon with ZWO. While he obtained the darker area and stars with Sony Alpha. As the images were made in blocks, it was necessary to help two software to unite them. AutoStakkert !, also known as AS! 2 or AS! 3, and Photoshop. In the first, the photographer made the stacks of images. In the second, he did assembly, processing and adjustments (as a contrast) of the composition, for maximum realism.