When compared to deep sky imaging, imaging the moon uses a completely different workflow and requires many different pieces of software. Luckily, most of the software is free (except for PixInsight). PixInsight is great when doing deep sky astrophotography, but for lunar imaging, I’m going to also provide guides only using free tools like GIMP.

Even with free tools, you can still create detailed images of the moon landscape, including what many people call the mineral moon, where the moon is colorized.

Moon Acquisition

Image Acquisition (FireCapture)

Processing (GIMP)

Mosaic Creation

Channel Combination

Color Saturation