Last night I photographed the same lunar regions through 3 different telescopes:
Astro-Professional 80mm ED f/7
Astro-Physics 127mm f/8 refractor
GSO 200mm f/5 Newtonian
Today I pointed the 20cm Newtonian telescope again towards the moon. Shortly after first quarter quite a few nice landscapes are visible.
All images were captured as 120s AVI files using a 3x Barlow lens and the QHY5IIc camera.
The 20cm Newtonian telescope in combination with the Televue 3x Barlow show a wealth of detail on the moon.
I haven’t photographed the moon at this age, so here are some new lunar features for me.
Two weeks before the moon will eclipse the sun, the moon was partially eclipsed by the Earth’s shadow
I had to turn around, when the road to my observing location was blocked, then I rushed to another spot, to find clouds on the horizon blocking the view for quite a while. But finally the still eclipsed moon emerged from the clouds and I was able to take some quick shots.
I used my 80mm refractor and a 300mm lens for the images.
Yesterday evening I was able to use the stable seeing shortly after sunset for some images of the moon:
Montes Apeninnes, Rima Hadley
Rima Birt, Rupes Recta, Rima Hesiodus
Plato, Vallis Alpes
Jupiter is near opposition this April, here is the view from April 9th:
Astro-Physics 127mm f/8, QHY5L-II, 3x Televue Barlow.
Even when the moon is almost full (95% in this case) there are interesting features to be found near the terminator:
Aristarchus is a young, and therefore very bright crater. Next to it is the Schroeter Valley, a rille, probably created by flowing lava.
Hainzl (top left) and Schiller (lower right) are very unusually shaped craters.
Aristarchus and Schroeter Valley lie on a slightly elevated diamond shaped piece of terrain. In this color enhanced image you see a brownish tint in comparison to the surrounding mare material.
Reiner Gamma is an enigmatic bright swirl on the lunar surface.
At lower left Mons Ruemker is seen as a slight bump on the plain of the mare. Apparently it is a lunar shield volcano.
Wargentin is the crater at lower right that has filled up with lava right up to the brim.
In this mosaic you can see the relative location of Wargentin, Hainzl and Schiller.
23rd October 2015
127mm f/8 AP refractor, Televue 3x Barlow, QHY5L-II color CMOS camera, stacked in Autostakkert, processing in Photoshop.
Clavius is the third largest crater on the visible side of the moon. It has a diamter of 225 km and is 3.5 km deep.
Schiller is a very oblong lunar crater. It seems to be a fusion of two or more craters, probably created by a very oblique impact.
Plato is the flat floored crater in the top of the image, to the right, a rille, the rima Plato is visible. To the lower right the Alpine Valley cuts through the Montes Alpes.
Gassendi has a diameter of 110km and is 1.9km deep. In the image the system of rilles on the crater floor is visible.
Copernicus has a diameter of 93 km and is 3.8 km deep.