North Pole Region of the Moon – June 1, 2017

Here is a composite view of the north section of the moon taken on the evening of June 1, 2017. The two dominant craters (just below center) are Aristoteles (the larger crater) with Eudoxus just below it. Off to the left you can see the Vallis Alpes (it looks like a long valley).

Tech Specs: Canon 6D, Meade 12” LX90 telescope, best 1250 frames out of 5,000 frames captured. Software included AutoStakkert! V3.0.14 (x64), Backyard EOS v3 and Registax v6. Location: Weatherly, PA. Date: June 1, 2017.

…Tom

Comet Johnson (C/2015 V2)

Quick single frame shot of Comet Johnson (C/2015 V2) as it passes from the constellation Bootes to Virgo.

Tech Specs: Canon 6D, Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM lens, Tiffen star filter, tripod mounted, ISO 3200, f/2.8, 10 seconds, 73mm. Date: June 14, 2017. Location: Weatherly, Pennsylvania.

…Tom

Crater Arzachel

Here is a view of the crater Arzachel on Earth’s moon. This crater is about 56 miles wide and 2.2 miles deep. I love the terraced crater rim that shows up very well when the moon is near the first quarter phase.

Tech Specs: Canon 6D, Meade 12” LX90 telescope, Celestron CGEM-DX mount, ZWO ASI290MC camera, best 50% of 1500 frames. Software: AutoStakkert! V3.0.14 (x64) and  Registax v6. Location: Weatherly, PA. Date: June 2, 2017.

…Tom

Northern Milky Way – May 27, 2017

A rare scene lately around my area, a clear morning view of the Northern Milky Way! I snapped this early in the morning of May 27, 2017 in Weatherly, Pennsylvania. The Samyang 14mm lens allows you to pack in a pretty wide field of view.

Tech Specs: Canon 6D, Samyang 14mm f/2.8, 25 seconds, ISO 3200, tripod mounted.

…Tom

Montes Apenninus Mountain Range

Easily visible with binoculars, this lunar mountain range is home to many mountain peaks including Mons Huygens, the tallest mountain on the moon. I find the best time to view this area is right after the first quarter when the shadows really highlight this mountain range.

Tech Specs: Canon 6D, Meade 12” LX90 telescope, best 1250 frames out of 5,000 frames captured. Software included AutoStakkert! V3.0.14 (x64), Backyard EOS v3 and Registax v6. Location: Weatherly, PA. Date: June 2, 2017.

…Tom

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