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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

Copernicus Crater – July 4, 2017

Copernicus Crater – diameter is 96 km, named after the astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus. It typifies craters that formed during the Copernican period in that it has a prominent ray system.

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.

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…Tom

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

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