Category Archives: Moon Photography

A View of Clavius Crater

Clavius is a large crater found on the southern side of the moon, it measures approximately 136 miles across. The crater was named after Christoph Klau (or Christophorus Clavius) a 16th century German mathematician and astronomer.

Tech Specs: Meade 12” LX90, Celestron CGEM-DX mount, ASI290MC, best 2.5k of 5k frames, AutoStakkert! V3.0.14 (x64), FireCapture v2.5.10 x64 and Registax v6. Photographed on July 4, 2017 from Weatherly, Pennsylvania.

…Tom

Venus, Moon, Hyades and Pleiades in the Morning

Here is another view of the morning conjunction of Venus and the crescent moon from July 20, 2017, this view includes a wider angle shot showing the Hyades and Pleiades clusters in the constellation Taurus.

Tech Specs: Canon 6D, Canon EF70-200mm f/2.8L USM lens, tripod mounted, 8 seconds, 70mm, ISO 3200. Location: Weatherly, Pennsylvania. Date: July 20, 2017.

…Tom

Venus and Moon Morning Conjunction – July 20, 2017

This morning has a special visual treat, a conjunction of the planet Venus, a thin crescent moon and the star Aldebaran (upper right corner).  This scene was captured at 4:00 am local time, light eastern clouds added to the scene. Look farther above this celestial event for the Seven Sisters, the Pleiades Cluster, looking down above them.

Tech Specs: Canon 6D, Canon EF70-200mm f/2.8L USM lens, tripod mounted, 3.2 seconds, 200mm, ISO 3200. Location: Weatherly, Pennsylvania. Date: July 20, 2017.

…Tom

Montes Apenninus – July 4, 2017

The Apenninus Mountains is one of my favorite locations on the moon, probably best view just after the first quarter moon when they are draped in some shadows.  This is one of the first times I have imaged this region when almost fully illuminated, lots of details visible.

Tech Specs: Meade 12” LX90, Celestron CGEM-DX mount, ASI290MC, best 2.5k of 5k frames, AutoStakkert! V3.0.14 (x64), FireCapture v2.5.10 x64 and Registax v6. Photographed on July 4, 2017 from Weatherly, Pennsylvania.

…Tom

The Capes of Sinus Iridum – July 4, 2017

On either end of the Sinus Iridum (Bay of Rainbows) are two capes, or points, called Promontorium Laplace and Promontorium Heraclides that were right near the sun-shadow line on the moon. This area has also been called the “jeweled scimitar” because of its resemblance to the scimitar sword (or sabre).

Tech Specs: Meade 12” LX90, Celestron CGEM-DX mount, ASI290MC, best 2.5k of 5k frames, AutoStakkert! V3.0.14 (x64), FireCapture v2.5.10 x64 and Registax v6. Software used included Sharpcap v2.9 and AutoStakkert! Alpha Version 2.3.0.21. Photographed on July 4, 2017 from Weatherly, Pennsylvania.

…Tom

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