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Crazy Camera Zoom Takes You Right to the Moon

The moon is 238,855 miles from earth (or 384,400 km for the rest of the world), and only twelve human beings have ever walked on its surface (Tom Hanks got really close). Since it is very unlikely that you are a billionaire capable of building your own rocket to space, it is fair to say that your odds of traveling to the moon yourself are slim. The closest most of us can come to going there (for now — c’mon Elon do something about this!) is getting a real good, close-up look at our planet’s little friend.

Amazingly, it turns out you don’t even need a telescope to do that, you can just zoom in on it with this incredible camera.

Posted by Sci-Tech Universe and credited to Daniel Pelletier, the video shows off the powerful zoom of the Nikon P900 camera (with “83x optical zoom/166x Dynamic Fine Zoom super telephoto NIKKOR lens“). This clip shows the camera focusing in on the moon, and, although it doesn’t seem possible, it manages to give us a detailed look at the crater-pocked surface (the 83x zoom is equivalent to 2,000mm).

Crazy.
nikon-cameraIf you visit the Nikon page for the camera, they have a photo from a beach you can zoom in on that reveals a surfer, in great detail, that you can’t even find in its original form.

As you probably guessed, a camera with this capability isn’t cheap, but it also comes in at a price lower than what I predicted —  600 dollars. If you think about it as a ticket to the moon it seems reasonable.

What other, non-nefarious, things would you want to photograph using this camera? Tell us in the comments below.

Images: Sci-Tech Universe/Daniel Pelletier; Nikon

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