Waxing 86% Mineral Moon

For the moon lovers, I decided to attach my trusty Canon 77D on the Omegon RC6 scope to capture May’s 86% waxing gibbous moon. And if you have been following my blogs, I absolutely love the concept of a mineral moon. The colors are obtained by saturating the image to reveal blues and orange/browns. The blues represent the rich titanium present on the surface of the moon, while the orange/browns represent iron deposits. This never gets old for me, so bear with me 😊, and in the meantime, don’t forget to look up and experience an amazing Universe!

Gear: Canon 77D, Omegon RC6, EXOS 2GT mount

Exif: Speed 1/200, ISO 400, f/9

AutoStakkert, PixInsight, Photoshop


  1. Drexel that is a uniquely amazing moon image. I have never seen anything so colorful and with that degree of detail. Plus I learned so much from your text commentary about the minerals. Thank you for posting

    1. Thank you very much Babsje. I absolutely love to see the moon with its mineral colors. Never gets old to me. I waiting for this Saharan dust to clear and the clouds to go away. It’s Milky Way season again and I have big plans 😊.

      1. Hi again Drexel, good afternoon. I am wondering if my email replies to your email have landed in your spam folder? I had first replied to your lovely white Heron photo yesterday evening and then resent my reply this morning. You captured a lovely Heron!

  2. Great photo and I’m really impressed with the color. Thank you for the information I didn’t realize that those colors were related to specific mineral deposits on the moon! Very interesting and lots to study in this photo!

      1. Wow! Great article and very interesting thank you! πŸ‘πŸ˜ƒ

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