Merry Christmas

We would like to take this time to wish all my readers and their family a wonderful and blessed Christmas. Hopefully you have found some (if not all) of the threads over the year of interest to you. It so happens that there is a rare full moon on Christmas day. Hence I decided to try and capture this while the skies permitted, to share with all of you.

The images of the moon were actually taken prior to dinner time. I used my Olympus E-P5 and my Skywatcher ED80 telescope to take the first photo, and I used the Televue 2.5x powermate for the second. For the second, I had taken multiple photos, made into a video with PIPP (2×2 binned), stacked with Autostakkert!2 and then processed with Registax, to get as much detail from the moon as I could.

Near full moon on Christmas eve
Near full moon on Christmas eve
Stacked and processed moon image
Stacked and processed moon image

These are 100% crops from the image above, just to show the amount of detail I managed to get after stacking multiple images and then processing with Registax.

100% crop
100% crop
100% crop
100% crop

The moon is indeed an amazing sight, particularly when you view it through a telescope or manage to extract all the details through stacking.

Following this, we had a nice meal to celebrate Christmas eve; our Christmas dinner will be on Christmas night itself.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
Deep-fried calamari rings
Deep-fried calamari rings
Fried king prawns
Fried king prawns
Pan-fried scallops (my favourite)
Pan-fried scallops (my favourite)
Finished off with some nice Blanc de blanc champagne
Finished off with some nice Blanc de blanc champagne

As you can see, we had lovely food prepared by my lovely wife. And to wash it all down, we had a nice bottle of Blanc de blancs champagne. Normally champagne is made from chardonnay and pinot noir grapes. But Blanc de blancs champagne is made solely from chardonnay grapes, whereas Blanc de noirs is made solely from pinot noir grapes. I have to say that this is the first time we have drank Blanc de blancs, and it was lovely indeed; and another champagne cap to add to my collection.

Here is wishing all a pleasant Christmas and blessed New Year from me and my family.

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