On the night of July 11, 2008, the fires in California were still
burning and filling the air with a thick haze. While a layer of smoke
in our atmosphere is terrible for viewing pretty much everything
astronomers love to look at, it's great for creating intricate colors
on the moon.
The Stanford Astronomical Society viewed the moon and its
dramatic colors on
the 16" scope at the student observatory. We took 650 ms exposures
through red, green, and blue filters with a 3072x2048 Finger Lakes
sensor with 9 micron pixels. No processing of the images was done and
no adjustments were made on the color balance or stretch,
These are essentially true color images, representing what we saw with
our naked eye.
The full resolution images can be downloaded by right-clicking on
one and saving it.