Lunar Images by Philipp Salzgeber

 

 

Philipp
Salzgeber

Wolfurt / Austria

 1st Quarter moon with QHY5 camera
All images on this page were taken with a QHY5 (ALCCD5) camera using my 150mm Newtonian telescope.
A 2x barlow lens and a right angle prism were used to increase the effective focal length. The resulting focal length was about 2000mm.
For each image, about 200pictures were processed using the Registax software.

Clavius crater
The floor of the crater Clavius is still in shadow, whil it's rim and some of the interior craters are already getting a first glint of sunlight.

Rupes Recta, the straight wall
The linear feature in the center of the image above is called the Straight Wall, Rupes Recta in latin. In reality it is a slope, but the low angle
of sunlight creates a dramatic shadow. To the right of the Straight Wall is the crater Birt, from which the Rima Birt is slightly visible pointing to the lower right.

Alphonsus crater
The middle crater of the trio pictured above is called Alphonsus, if you look at this crater's rim, you will find three dark spots on the lava filled
interior of the crater. The dark spots are volcanic ash deposits, which are very prominent when the sun is at a higher angle, i.e. on full moon.

The region around Hadley
This image shows the mountain range called the Apennines. The big lava filled crater to the right of the mountains is Archimedes. The prominent
single mountain on the lava plains below Archimedes is Mons Piton. Running through Mare Serenitatis at left is a bright ray, that runs right over the crater Bessel.
Also take note of the dark edges of Mare Serenitatis.Near the top of the image you can see the Hyginus Rille.

The Lunar Alps
The dark, flat floored crater at right is Plato, it lies next to the lunar Montes Alpes, which are divided by the Alpine Valley.


All images © Philipp Salzgeber

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