50,000 Photographs Combine to Form This Incredibly Detailed Image of the Moon

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Photographer Andrew McCarthy has taken his interest in the cosmos and his passion for photography and combined them to transform 50,000 individual images of the moon and stars into one extremely detailed photo.

His process involves focusing and refocusing on bright stars, taking photos in stacks at different exposure lengths, and switching between an astronomy camera and a Sony a7 II with a 300mm lens. McCarthy tells Colossal “If given the chance, I would love to be the first professional astrophotographer to image the Earth from the lunar surface.”

Check out the full-sized image by heading here. And to order prints of this or any of Andrew McCarthy’s astrophotography, visit his online store

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