Lunar Terminator 2015-02-25

The moon is always a very regarding target. Even though the slow frame rate of the QHY5 (3FPS!) and the missing IR-Cut Filter do degrade the quality of the final image, some nice detail is visible in this mosaic of three individual avi files. 100 frames out of 400 were used for every frame.


The trio of Theophilus, Cyrillus und Catharina craters at upper left and the Ariadaeus Rille at lower right are prominent features visible in this image. On the floor of the Mare tranquillitatis at lower left some subtle mare ridges are vsible.

The Moon 2015-02-06

With temperatures below freezing and a strong cold wind biting into the flesh of my hands I retreated to the warm inside of the house after only a few minutes, this is a stack of 6 shots using Autostakkert.


AP 127mm f/8, Nikon D7000, ISO 1000, 1/400s

From Clavius to Schiller

This is a two-frame mosaic taken with a DMK21 camera and an Astro-Professional 80mm ED refractor:

The very obvious crater in the middle of the mosaic is Tycho, it is relatively young and therefore the ejecta rays can still be seen brightly across the lunar landscape. Please note the dark area directly around Tycho which is also caused by ejecta of the impact.
To the lower right is the beautiful crater Clavius which has a nice curve of smaller craters on the floor. To the lower left you can see the very elongated crater Schiller which was produced by an oblique impact. Read More