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The Lunar X – September 27, 2017

Here is a view of the famous Lunar X spot which appears at the First Quarter phase of the moon. It is caused by reflection effects of the sun on several topographic features of the moon.

Tech Specs: Meade 12″ LX90 telescope, Canon 6D, best 50% of 1500 frames. Date: September 27, 2017. Location: The Dark Side Observatory, Weatherly, PA.

…Tom

Waxing Gibbous Moon – August 30, 2017

Here is a view of last evening’s waxing gibbous moon. This is a composite image of the north and south regions spliced together using Microsoft Image Composite Editor (a.k.a. Microsoft ICE).

Tech Specs: Meade 12” LX90, Canon 6D, Backyard EOS, each region was the best 50% of 1500 frames captured, processed in AutoStakkert! V3.0.14 (x64). Image Date: August 30, 2017. Location: The Dark Side Observatory.

…Tom

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

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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