Moon


Orientale multi-ringed impact basin

You may be aware that the Moon presents essentially the same 'face' towards us because it spins on its axis
with the same time period as it takes to complete one orbit around the Earth. What is less obvious is that
the Moon actually displays more than 50% of its surface because of more complicated effects: this is known
as libration. In the early hours of 26.6.08 I was lucky enough to catch the Moon displaying a very favourable
libration of more than 8 degrees that was in such a direction as to reveal a lot of the spectacular Orientale
multi-ringed impact basin. You may be familiar with the famous views from above of this wonderful
structure obtained from lunar orbiting spacecraft. As I am familiar with these iconic images from space,
I am able to see a 3-D effect when I look at the full resolution version of the image below, with the arcs of
the Cordillera, Outer Rook and Inner Rook Mountains poking upwards above the lower plains.




Mozaic: 03:38 UT, 03:43 UT, 03:48 UT, 03:55UT. C14 @ F27; SKYnyx 2-0M; Trutek R; Baader UV/IR rejection. Seeing 4-5/10. Transparency 9/10.








Wider angle view ...


Mozaic: 03:03 UT, 03:08 UT, 03:14 UT. C14 @ F11; SKYnyx 2-0M; Trutek R; Baader UV/IR rejection.




Favourable libration of Mare Orientale


Few people realise that although the moon shows the same 'face', there are occasions when one is able to see features near the edge rotated slightly into view from the 'far side'. My favourite 'far side' feature to hunt for is Mare Orientale, seen here top centre of this image (dark baslatic lava plains with concentric mountainous rings). Mare Oirentale formed when a huge body collided with the moon in the dim and distant past.

10.9.09  04:21UT/04:26UT/04:33UT mozaic
C14 @ F11; SKYnyx 2-0M; Trutek R; Baader UV/IR rejection.


The above image shows sunrise over part of the same region. The mountain range that cuts across near the top of the image are the Cordilleras, thought to be associated with the gigantic event that created Orientale.

1.11.09  23:09UT/23:13UT/23:15UT mozaic under rather poor seeing with cloud interfering
C14 @ F11; SKYnyx 2-0M; Trutek R; Baader UV/IR rejection.









5.8.10
Mare Orientale mozaic of three images at favourable libration
C14 @ F11 SKYnyx 2-0M CCD; quite choppy seeing
Trutek R filter  Baader UV/IR rejection filter
















20.04.13  20:52 UTC
Copernicus
C14 @ f/11; Trutek type 1 R filter









01.06.17  20:44 UTC
Maurolycus (near centre) and Stofler (emerging from the shadows extreme left of centre)
C14 @ f/11; Flea 3 CCD; Trutek type 1 R filter; resized x1.5








01.06.17  20:52 UTC
Northern Mare Crisium
C14 @ f/11; Flea 3 CCD; Trutek type 1 R filter; resized x1.5








01.06.17  20:55 UTC
Mare Marginis seen with a favourable libration (towards edge)
C14 @ f/11; Flea 3 CCD; Trutek type 1 R filter; resized x1.5








01.06.17  20:59 UTC
Mare Marginis seen with a favourable libration (towards edge)
C14 @ f/11; Flea 3 CCD; Trutek type 1 R filter; resized x1.5









22.10.16  05:07 UTC
Hyginus and Triesnecker rilles
C14 @ f/11; Flea 3 CCD; Trutek type 1 R filter; Baader UV/IR rejection filter; drizzled x1.5











22.10.16  05:10 UTC
Manilius
C14 @ f/11; Flea 3 CCD; Trutek type 1 R filter; Baader UV/IR rejection filter; drizzled x1.5











22.10.16  05:20 UTC
Straight Wall
C14 @ f/11; Flea 3 CCD; Trutek type 1 R filter; Baader UV/IR rejection filter; drizzled x1.5







22.10.16  05:24 UTC
Ptolemaeus (upper left), Alphonsus (lower left), Albategnius (above right)
C14 @ f/11; Flea 3 CCD; Trutek type 1 R filter; Baader UV/IR rejection filter; drizzled x1.5











22.10.16  05:28 UTC
Alpine Valley
C14 @ f/11; Flea 3 CCD; Trutek type 1 R filter; Baader UV/IR rejection filter; drizzled x1.5












22.10.16  05:31 UTC
Plato
C14 @ f/11; Flea 3 CCD; Trutek type 1 R filter; Baader UV/IR rejection filter; drizzled x1.5








22.10.16  05:35 UTC
Anaxagoras (50km diameter)
C14 @ f/11; Flea 3 CCD; Trutek type 1 R filter; Baader UV/IR rejection filter; drizzled x1.5











22.10.16  05:40 UTC
Anaxagoras (right of centre)
C14 @ f/11; Flea 3 CCD; Trutek type 1 R filter; Baader UV/IR rejection filter; drizzled x1.5














22.10.16  05:44 UTC
Deslandres (lower left): a huge 235 km diameter battered old crater with Cassini's Bright Spot
C14 @ f/11; Flea 3 CCD; Trutek type 1 R filter; Baader UV/IR rejection filter; drizzled x1.5











22.10.16  05:47 UTC
Deslandres in all its battered glory. Within Deslandres lies the distinctive 33 km diameter crater Hell is left of centre, and 63 km Lexell lies
perched on the southern rim.
C14 @ f/11; Flea 3 CCD; Trutek type 1 R filter; Baader UV/IR rejection filter; drizzled x1.5










22.10.16  05:56 UTC
Clavius and the surrounding battered territory.
C14 @ f/11; Flea 3 CCD; Trutek type 1 R filter; Baader UV/IR rejection filter; drizzled x1.5











22.10.16  06:02 UTC
The region surrounding Tycho (left and a little below centre)
C14 @ f/11; Flea 3 CCD; Trutek type 1 R filter; Baader UV/IR rejection filter; drizzled x1.5









22.10.16  06:29 UTC
Walter (upper left)
C14 @ f/11; Flea 3 CCD; Trutek type 1 R filter; Baader UV/IR rejection filter; drizzled x1.5











22.10.16  06:26 UTC
Walter (lower left), Werner and  Alincensis
C14 @ f/11; Flea 3 CCD; Trutek type 1 R filter; Baader UV/IR rejection filter; drizzled x1.5









12.12.16  23:40 UTC
Hevelius (middle left); Reiner Gamma (weird ghostly region upper right)
C14 @ f/11; Flea 3 CCD; Trutek type 1 R filter; Baader UV/IR rejection filter







03.04.17  19:42 UTC
Abulfeda (lower right) with SL9 style line of craters adjacent to it
C14 @ f/11; Flea 3 CCD; Trutek type 1 R filter; Baader UV/IR rejection filter; drizzled x1.5









03.04.17  20:07 UTC
Mare Humboldtianum (towards the right)
C14 @ f/11; Flea 3 CCD; Trutek type 1 R filter; Baader UV/IR rejection filter; drizzled x1.5







03.04.17  19:53 UTC
Ariadaeus Rille
C14 @ f/11; Flea 3 CCD; Trutek type 1 R filter; Baader UV/IR rejection filter; drizzled x1.5








03.04.17  20:04 UTC
Democritus (lower left edge); Strabo, Thales and de la Rue (lower right)
C14 @ f/11; Flea 3 CCD; Trutek type 1 R filter; Baader UV/IR rejection filter; drizzled x1.5






03.04.17  20:01 UTC
Meton (the giant enclosure left and slightly below centre)
C14 @ f/11; Flea 3 CCD; Trutek type 1 R filter; Baader UV/IR rejection filter; drizzled x1.5







03.04.17  19:45 UTC
Abulfeda with SL9 style line of craters trailing beneath it
C14 @ f/11; Flea 3 CCD; Trutek type 1 R filter; Baader UV/IR rejection filter; drizzled x1.5








06.04.17  21:57 UTC
Copernicus and ejecta
C14 @ f/11; Flea 3 CCD; Trutek type 1 R filter; Baader UV/IR rejection filter; drizzled x1.5









06.04.17  22:00 UTC
Copernicus and ejecta
C14 @ f/11; Flea 3 CCD; Trutek type 1 R filter; Baader UV/IR rejection filter; drizzled x1.5










06.04.17  21:48 UTC
Sunrise over Sinus Iridum
C14 @ f/11; Flea 3 CCD; Trutek type 1 R filter; Baader UV/IR rejection filter; drizzled x1.5










06.04.17  22:05 UTC
Campanus and Mercator (left of centre); Konig (upper left)
C14 @ f/11; Flea 3 CCD; Trutek type 1 R filter; Baader UV/IR rejection filter; drizzled x1.5







06.04.17  22:11 UTC
Moretus (image orientated with south upwards)
C14 @ f/11; Flea 3 CCD; Trutek type 1 R filter; Baader UV/IR rejection filter; drizzled x1.5










06.04.17  22:16 UTC
Domes near Copernicus
C14 @ f/11; Flea 3 CCD; Trutek type 1 R filter; Baader UV/IR rejection filter; drizzled x1.5










07.04.17  22:02 UTC
Letronne, partially submerged in Mare lava flows (lower left); Herigonius and its rille
C14 @ f/11; Flea 3 CCD; Trutek type 1 R filter; Baader UV/IR rejection filter; drizzled x1.5










07.04.17  21:55 UTC
Doppelmayer (lower right edge)
C14 @ f/11; Flea 3 CCD; Trutek type 1 R filter; Baader UV/IR rejection filter; drizzled x1.5







07.04.17  21:48 UTC
Clavius
C14 @ f/11; Flea 3 CCD; Trutek type 1 R filter; Baader UV/IR rejection filter; drizzled x1.5











16.05.16  21:41 UTC
Copernicus and domes lower left and lower right
C14 @ f/11; Flea 3 CCD; Trutek type 1 R filter; drizzled x1.5










14.05.16  21:10 UTC
Hadley Rille
C14 @ f/11; Flea 3 CCD; Trutek type 1 R filter










14.05.16  21:06 UTC
Deslandres: a dramatic feature at sunrise
C14 @ f/11; Flea 3 CCD; Trutek type 1 R filter









18.02.16  21:36 UTC
The dome zone! Near Copernicus (just off image towards the right)
C14 @ f/11; Flea 3 CCD; Trutek type 1 R filter







18.02.16  21:41 UTC
Herigonius and the tricky to spot Herigonius Rille in centre of image
C14 @ f/11; Flea 3 CCD; Trutek type 1 R filter









18.02.16  21:26 - 21:29 UTC
Sinus Iridum
C14 @ f/11; Flea 3 CCD; Trutek type 1 R filter







20.01.16  22:17 UTC
Kepler
C14 @ f/11; Flea 3 CCD; Trutek type 1 R filter












20.01.16  22:40 UTC
Gassendi on the edge of Mare Humorum
C14 @ f/11; Flea 3 CCD; Trutek type 1 R filter










20.01.16  22:43 UTC
Kepler
C14 @ f/11; Flea 3 CCD; Trutek type 1 R filter











20.01.16  22:44 UTC
Prinz and its weird rilles
C14 @ f/11; Flea 3 CCD; Trutek type 1 R filter











20.01.16  22:46 UTC
J Herschel (huge battered enclosure on left side of image)
C14 @ f/11; Flea 3 CCD; Trutek type 1 R filter











20.01.16  22:49 UTC
Philolaus (left of centre); Anaxagoras (near right edge of centre)
C14 @ f/11; Flea 3 CCD; Trutek type 1 R filter











20.01.16  22:52 UTC
Plato
C14 @ f/11; Flea 3 CCD; Trutek type 1 R filter










20.01.16  22:53 UTC
Hippalus rilles (right edge of image); Doppelmayer (battered and part submerged left of centre)
C14 @ f/11; Flea 3 CCD; Trutek type 1 R filter










20.01.16  23:31 UTC
Schiller
C14 @ f/11; Flea 3 CCD; Trutek type 1 R filter










20.01.16  23:45 UTC
Tycho in close-up
C14 @ f/27; Flea 3 CCD; Trutek type 1 R filter










20.01.16  23:51 UTC
Copernicus in close-up
C14 @ f/27; Flea 3 CCD; Trutek type 1 R filter








21.01.16  00:00 UTC
Plato in close-up
C14 @ f/27; Flea 3 CCD; Trutek type 1 R filter









18.01.16  22:05 UTC
Straight Wall, Thebit, Arzachel
C14 @ f/11; Flea 3 CCD; Trutek type 1 R filter









18.01.16  22:08 UTC
Alphonsus (118km diameter with dark ash deposits from volcanic eruptions), Arzachel
C14 @ f/11; Flea 3 CCD; Trutek type 1 R filter









18.01.16  22:12 UTC
Gambart (lower part of image) and ejecta from Copernicus
C14 @ f/11; Flea 3 CCD; Trutek type 1 R filter








18.01.16  22:16 UTC
Copernicus and ejecta
C14 @ f/11; Flea 3 CCD; Trutek type 1 R filter









18.01.16  22:19 UTC
Gambart (just below centre) and ejecta from Copernicus
C14 @ f/11; Flea 3 CCD; Trutek type 1 R filter








18.01.16  21:50 UTC
Davy's crater chain of 1-2km diameter craters (probably caused by an impact similar to the SL-9 impact on Jupiter in 1994)
C14 @ f/11; Flea 3 CCD; Trutek type 1 R filter






20.01.16  22:59 UTC
Prinz and curious rilles
C14 @ f/27; Flea 3 CCD; Trutek type 1 R filter








01.11.15  02:12 UTC
Lacus Mortis with Burg (right) and Eudoxus (lower left)
C14 @ f/11; Flea 3 CCD; Trutek type 1 R filter; drizzled x1.5





01.11.15  02:14 UTC
Posidonius on the edge of Mare Serenitatis
C14 @ f/11; Flea 3 CCD; Trutek type 1 R filter; drizzled x1.5





01.11.15  02:18 UTC
Aristoteles and Eudoxus
C14 @ f/11; Flea 3 CCD; Trutek type 1 R filter










01.11.15  02:18 UTC
Aristoteles and Eudoxus
C14 @ f/11; Flea 3 CCD; Trutek type 1 R filter; drizzled x1.5









01.11.15  02:20 UTC
Plinius (just left of centre), Dawes (above centre), Vitruvius (upper right) and Jansen with rille above
C14 @ f/11; Flea 3 CCD; Trutek type 1 R filter





01.11.15  02:23 UTC
Carrel  (upper right), Ross (upper left) and Arago (lower left)
C14 @ f/11; Flea 3 CCD; Trutek type 1 R filter








01.11.15  02:23 UTC
Carrel  (upper right), Ross (upper left) and Arago (lower left)
C14 @ f/11; Flea 3 CCD; Trutek type 1 R filter; drizzled x1.5





01.11.15  02:20 - 02:23 UTC mozaic of two sequences
Plinius down to Arago
C14 @ f/11; Flea 3 CCD; Trutek type 1 R filter





01.11.15  02:20 - 02:26 UTC mozaic of three sequences
C14 @ f/11; Flea 3 CCD; Trutek type 1 R filter

Western Mare Tranquillitatis
The prominent 26km diameter crater Arago is flanked by two large domes: Arago Alpha to its
north and Arago Beta  to its west.Although two of the largest and steepest domes on the Moon,
they only rise a few hundred metres and Arago Alpha had its slope angle measured as 1.4 degrees
back in 1959. It is thought that lunar domes are small shield volcanoes like those found in
Iceland. Shield volcanoes are formed from the quiet eruption of lava from a central crater.
The ghostly ring to the east of Arago is called Lamont and is thought to be a small mutli-ringed
basin subsequently flooded by the Tranquillitatis lavas*. Evidence for this comes from the mascon
(mass concentration) found here, detected by the gravitational effect on space craft orbits.
*As the frantic cratering rate drew to a close around 3.8 billion years ago, more than a dozen
asteroid-size objects at least 100km in diameter collided with the Moon. This has been termed
the 'late heavy bombardment'. These huge impacts created the mare basins. The heat from
long-lived radioactive elements such as thorium and uranium began to melt the inside of the Moon.
From 3.8 to 3.1 billion years ago, great floods of molten rock gushed up from the interior, filling
the impact basins and forming the mare basalts we see today.






01.11.15  02:26 UTC
C14 @ f/11; Flea 3 CCD; Trutek type 1 R filter; drizzled x1.5

Arago, Ritter, Sabine and the Apollo 11 landing site not far from the crater Moltke (see version below)
Ritter and Sabine, the prominent craters towards lower left are thought to be examples of FFCs - floor-fractured craters. Lunar scientists
noticed that many craters near the edge of basins have shallow and complex floors. Ritter and Sabine are only 700 - 750 m deep, compared
to 3,000 - 3,500 m typical of craters of this diameter. The idea here is that magma rising up through basin fractures, pushed up the floors
of these craters. The broad, flat-floored rilles between Sabine and Moltke along the southern 'shore' of Mare Tranquillitatis, formed in a
similar way. Such fractures form when the sheer weight of the mare lavas cause the basin floor to subside, fracturing the brittle lava near
its edges.







01.11.15  02:28 UTC
Torricelli R
C14 @ f/11; Flea 3 CCD; Trutek type 1 R filter; drizzled x1.5





01.11.15  02:37 UTC
Aristoteles
C14 @ f/27; Flea 3 CCD; Trutek type 1 R filter





01.11.15  03:24 UTC
Eudoxus
C14 @ f/27; Flea 3 CCD; Trutek type 1 R filter






01.11.15  03:30 UTC
Posidonius
C14 @ f/27; Flea 3 CCD; Trutek type 1 R filter







01.11.15  03:35 UTC
Burg within Lacus Mortis
C14 @ f/27; Flea 3 CCD; Trutek type 1 R filter









20.04.13  20:46 UTC
Some 'pancake' domes bottom centre
C14 @ f/11; Trutek type 1 R filter; drizzled x1.5












20.04.13  20:40 UTC
C14 @ f/11; Trutek type 1 R filter; drizzled x1.5












20.04.13  20:38 UTC
C14 @ f/11; Trutek type 1 R filter; drizzled x1.5















20.04.13  20:35 UTC
Loads of domes near Copernicus!
C14 @ f/11; Trutek type 1 R filter; drizzled x1.5













20.04.13  20:35 UTC
Showing the location of the domes relative to Copernicus
C14 @ f/11; Trutek type 1 R filter; drizzled x1.5













20.04.13  20:23 UTC
Sinus Iridum
C14 @ f/11; Trutek type 1 R filter; drizzled x1.5













19.04.13  20:45 UTC
C14 @ f/11 x2.5 power mate; Trutek type 1 R filter
Seeing 3-4/10.














19.02.13  18:48 UTC
Wrinkle ridges west of 'Straight Wall'
C14 @ f/11; Trutek type 1 R filter; drizzled x1.5















19.02.13  18:57 UTC
'Straight Wall'
C14 @ f/11; Trutek type 1 R filter; drizzled x1.5














19.02.13  19:03 UTC
Deslandes and Cassini's bright spot
C14 @ f/11; Trutek type 1 R filter; drizzled x1.5
















19.02.13  19:09 UTC
Tycho
C14 @ f/11; Trutek type 1 R filter; drizzled x1.5
















18.02.13  18:35 UTC
Deslandres, Walter and Regiomontanus
C14 @ f/11; Trutek type 1 R filter; drizzled x1.5















18.02.13  18:37 UTC
Sinuous Hadley Rille at the foot of the Appenine Mountains
C14 @ f/11; Trutek type 1 R filter; drizzled x1.5









18.02.13  18:39 UTC
Alpine Valley and northern Mare Imbrium
C14 @ f/11; Trutek type 1 R filter; drizzled x1.5







18.02.13  19:00 UTC
Aristillus and Cassini
C14 @ f/11; Trutek type 1 R filter; drizzled x1.5














18.02.13  18:52 and 18:54 UTC
Ptolemaeus, Alphonsus and Arzachel
C14 @ f/11; Trutek type 1 R filter; drizzled x1.5









18.02.13  18:58 UTC
Triesnecker and Hyginus Rilles
C14 @ f/11; Trutek type 1 R filter












18.02.13  19:07 UTC
Deslandres (235 km diameter)
C14 @ f/11; Trutek type 1 R filter; drizzled x1.5













18.02.13  19:11 UTC
South west of Conon
C14 @ f/11; Trutek type 1 R filter; drizzled x1.5














Archimedes

08.09.12  04:15 UTC
C14 @ F27; Trutek Type 1 R filter;
PGR Flea 3 CCD











Region south of Archimedes

08.09.12  04:17 UTC
C14 @ F27; Trutek Type 1 R filter;
PGR Flea 3 CCD







Copernicus

08.09.12  04:23:30 UTC
C14 @ F27; Trutek Type 1 R filter;
PGR Flea 3 CCD












Davy crater chain

08.09.12  04:35 UTC
C14 @ F27; Trutek Type 1 R filter;
PGR Flea 3 CCD











Clavius

08.09.12  04:37 - 04:40 UTC mozaic
C14 @ F27; Trutek Type 1 R filter;
PGR Flea 3 CCD










Plinius and the Haemus mountains

28.03.12  18:40 UTC
C14 @ F11; Trutek Type 1 R filter;
PGR Flea 3 CCD










Endymion

28.03.12  18:49 UTC
C14 @ F11; Trutek Type 1 R filter;
PGR Flea 3 CCD













Hadley Rille

30.03.12  20:23 UTC
C14 @ F11; Baader IR > 742nm filter;
PGR Flea 3 CCD







Cassini (top right) and Aristillus (bottom)

30.03.12  20:03 UTC
C14 @ F11; Baader IR > 742nm filter;
PGR Flea 3 CCD










Alpine Valley (top) and Cassini (bottom right)

30.03.12  20:20 UTC
C14 @ F11; Baader IR > 742nm filter;
PGR Flea 3 CCD






Archimedes, Aristillus and Autolycus

30.03.12  19:58 UTC
C14 @ F11; Baader IR > 742nm filter;
PGR Flea 3 CCD










Triesnecker Rilles and Hyginus Rille

30.03.12  19:57 UTC
C14 @ F11; Baader IR > 742nm filter;
PGR Flea 3 CCD












Hipparchus

30.03.12  19:55 UTC
C14 @ F11; Baader IR > 742nm filter;
PGR Flea 3 CCD









Davy crater chain, Ptolemaeus, Alphonsus and Albategnius

30.03.12  19:52 UTC
C14 @ F11; Baader IR > 742nm filter;
PGR Flea 3 CCD










Stofler and Maurolycus

30.03.12  19:50 UTC
C14 @ F11; Baader IR > 742nm filter;
PGR Flea 3 CCD














Abulfeda (large crater near top) and chain of impacts
29.03.12  19:10 UTC
C14 @ F11; Baader IR > 742nm filter;
PGR Flea 3 CCD















Descartes (centre) and Abulfeda (large crater near bottom)
Fans of Apollo 16 could locate the landing site and South Ray crater!

29.03.12  19:08 UTC
C14 @ F11; Baader IR > 742nm filter;
PGR Flea 3 CCD













Aristoteles (upper right) and Eudoxus (lower right)

29.03.12  19:03 UTC
C14 @ F11; Baader IR > 742nm filter;
PGR Flea 3 CCD
















Sunrise over Hyginus Rille and Ariadaeus Rille

29.03.12  18:56 UTC
C14 @ F11; Trutek Type 1 R filter;
PGR Flea 3 CCD










 

Arago (top centre), Ritter & Sabine (centre left)

28.03.12  19:04 UTC
C14 @ F11; Trutek Type 1 R filter;
PGR Flea 3 CCD










Arago

28.03.12  19:05 UTC
C14 @ F11; Trutek Type 1 R filter;
PGR Flea 3 CCD













Torricelli R (towards bottom left)

28.03.12  19:02 UTC
C14 @ F11; Trutek Type 1 R filter;
PGR Flea 3 CCD














Theophilus, Cyrillus and Catharina

28.03.12  18:59 UTC
C14 @ F11; Baader IR > 742nm filter;
PGR Flea 3 CCD











Janssen (bottom right)

28.03.12  18:57 UTC
C14 @ F11; Trutek Type 1 R filter;
PGR Flea 3 CCD












Burg and Lacus Mortis

28.03.12  18:52 UTC
C14 @ F11; Trutek Type 1 R filter;
PGR Flea 3 CCD












Atlas and Hercules (lower centre)

28.03.12  18:47:30 UTC
C14 @ F11; Trutek Type 1 R filter;
PGR Flea 3 CCD











Posidonius

28.03.12  18:46 UTC
C14 @ F11; Trutek Type 1 R filter;
PGR Flea 3 CCD













Gassendi

03.02.12  19:58 UTC
C14 @ F11; Baader IR > 742nm filter;
PGR Flea 3 CCD
















Pitatus (upper left)

01.02.12  20:32 UTC
C14 @ F11; Trutek Type 1 R filter;
PGR Flea 3 CCD













Straight Wall

01.02.12  20:31 UTC
C14 @ F11; Trutek Type 1 R filter;
PGR Flea 3 CCD










Ejecta from Coprnicus impact event

01.02.12  20:28 UTC
C14 @ F11; Trutek Type 1 R filter;
PGR Flea 3 CCD








Copernicus environs
01.02.12  20:25 UTC
C14 @ F11; Trutek Type 1 R filter;
PGR Flea 3 CCD







Eratosthenes (upper) and sunrise over Copernicus (bottom left)

01.02.12  20:24 UTC
C14 @ F11; Trutek Type 1 R filter;
PGR Flea 3 CCD










Sunrise over Copernicus

01.02.12  20:14 UTC
C14 @ F11; Trutek Type 1 R filter;
PGR Flea 3 CCD












Hadley Rille

For those familiar with the Apollo 15 landing site, it is just possible to make out the 'South Cluster' of craters
visited by the astronauts on the Lunar Rover!

21.9.08  02:32UT
C14 @ F27; SKYnyx 2-0M; Trutek R; Baader UV/IR rejection.











Ptolemaeus to Arzachel
Notice the Davy crater chain lower centre.

22.5.10
C14 @ F11; SKYnyx 2-0M; Trutek R; Baader UV/IR rejection.











1.9.10  01:39 UTC
Ptolemaeus
C14 @ F27 SKYnyx 2-0M CCD; good seeing
Trutek R filter  Baader UV/IR rejection filter








5.8.10
Aristarchus plateau
C14 @ F11 SKYnyx 2-0M CCD; quite choppy seeing
Trutek R filter  Baader UV/IR rejection filter







5.8.10
Aristarchus plateau in close up
C14 @ F27 SKYnyx 2-0M CCD; quite choppy seeing
Trutek R filter  Baader UV/IR rejection filter





Colour on the Moon

The following trio of images show the Aristarchus Plateau in colour. The first is in natural unenhanced
colour and to my eyes there is a subtle blue tinge around Aristarchus and the main body of the plateau
appears slightly mustard. The subsequent two images are the same but with colour progressively
enhanced.





Aristarchus Plateau

11.10.08   RGB
C14 @ F11; SKYnyx 2-0M; Trutek R, G and B filters; Baader UV/IR rejection filter.








1.9.10  02:52:30 UTC
Schiller
C14 @ F27 SKYnyx 2-0M CCD; quite good seeing
Trutek R filter  Baader UV/IR rejection filter









Straight Wall
1.9.10  02:47 UTC
C14 @ F27 SKYnyx 2-0M CCD; good seeing
Trutek R filter  Baader UV/IR rejection filter










Straight Wall to Arzachal











1.9.10  02:42 UTC
Alphonsus
C14 @ F27 SKYnyx 2-0M CCD; good seeing
Trutek R filter  Baader UV/IR rejection filter















1.9.10  02:35 UTC
Philolaus
C14 @ F27 SKYnyx 2-0M CCD; good seeing
Trutek R filter  Baader UV/IR rejection filter














1.9.10  02:32 UTC
North Polar Region
C14 @ F27 SKYnyx 2-0M CCD; good seeing
Trutek R filter  Baader UV/IR rejection filter











   

22.8.11  05:16 UTC
Sinus Iridum
C14 @ f/11;   PGR Flea 3 CCD; mediocre seeing
Baader > 742 nm IR filter













1.9.10  02:29 UTC
Sinus Iridum
C14 @ F27 SKYnyx 2-0M CCD; good seeing
Trutek R filter  Baader UV/IR rejection filter










1.9.10  02:25 UTC
Pythagoras
C14 @ F27 SKYnyx 2-0M CCD; good seeing
Trutek R filter  Baader UV/IR rejection filter
















Plato

1.9.10  02:18 UTC
C14 @ F27 SKYnyx 2-0M CCD; good seeing
Trutek R filter  Baader UV/IR rejection filter












Clavius

1.9.10  02:11 UTC
C14 @ F27 SKYnyx 2-0M CCD; good seeing
Trutek R filter  Baader UV/IR rejection filter












Sunrise over Clavius


25.12.09  18:37 - 19:04 UT
C14 @ F26; SKYnyx 2-0M; Trutek R; Baader UV/IR rejection.










5.8.10  04:53 UTC!
Schickard with its dark floor areas nicely shown
C14 @ F11 SKYnyx 2-0M CCD; quite choppy seeing in brilliant twilight
Trutek R filter  Baader UV/IR rejection filter









5.8.10
Gassendi
C14 @ F11 SKYnyx 2-0M CCD; quite choppy seeing and bright twilight
Trutek R filter  Baader UV/IR rejection filter









Tycho down to Clavius

22.5.10
C14 @ F11; SKYnyx 2-0M; Trutek R; Baader UV/IR rejection.











Copernicus

23.4.10  20:54UT
C14 @ F27; SKYnyx 2-0M; Trutek R; Baader UV/IR rejection.











Eratosthenes

22.4.10  20:42UT
C14 @ F27; SKYnyx 2-0M; Trutek R; Baader UV/IR rejection.











Archimedes


3.4.09  20:23 - 20:31UT
C14 @ F27; SKYnyx 2-0M; Trutek R; Baader UV/IR rejection.










Theophilus, Cyrillus and Catharina


1.4.09  21:00 - 21:07UT
C14 @ F11; SKYnyx 2-0M; Trutek R; Baader UV/IR rejection.








Apollo 11 landing site


1.4.09  20:50 - 20:57UT
C14 @ F11; SKYnyx 2-0M; Trutek R; Baader UV/IR rejection.














Hyginus and Ariadaeus Rilles

12.4.08   20:02 UT









Hyginus and Triesnecker Rilles


31.5.09  20:42 - 20:50UT
C14 @ F11; SKYnyx 2-0M; Trutek R; Baader UV/IR rejection.






Gutenberg/Gutenberg Rilles

11.2.08  17:20 - 17:50 UT  half-size mazaic
C14 @ F27; SKYnyx 2-0M; Trutek R; Baader UV/IR rejection.






Arago Domes

12.2.08  17:45 UT
C14 @ F27; SKYnyx 2-0M; Trutek R; Baader UV/IR rejection.






Torricelli

12.2.08  18:00 UT
C14 @ F27; SKYnyx 2-0M; Trutek R; Baader UV/IR rejection.






Mt Pico et al

16.2.08
C14 @ F27; SKYnyx 2-0M; Trutek R; Baader UV/IR rejection.







22.8.11  05:47 UTC
Kepler
C14 @ f/11;   PGR Flea 3 CCD; mediocre seeing
Baader > 742 nm IR filter







Hyginus Rille

21.9.08  01:31UT
C14 @ F27; SKYnyx 2-0M; Trutek R; Baader UV/IR rejection.











The Moon on 29th November 2014

Although low in the sky, there were some pleasing landscapes to image wih my C14 @ F11.




Hyginus and Triesnecker Rilles





Stofler and Maurolycus





Hyginus and Manilius






Hipparchus and sunrise over Herschel





Sinus Medii with Triesnecker upper right and Herschel lower left





Towards the south pole
Vertically flipped to give a better 3D depth effect with the crater Boussingault






Meton and the north pole






The 'bay' Gartner and crater Democritus feature below centre





Aristoteles and Eudoxus







The Moon on 30th January 2015


Clavius




   

Philolaus (upper left)
One of its central twin peaks, just catching the sunlight.













Anaxagoras is the prominent crater lower left, with the less well defined
Goldschmidt and Barrow to its right.
Notice the rays apparently coming from Anaxagoras.





Bullialdus (upper right)
Notice the three arcuate rilles that lie just outside the dark form of Mare Humorum but may
be associated with it.






Total lunar eclipse 28th September 2015


Partly obscured by a tree: telescope cable failures led to the tardiness of the image!

A gorgeous sight with the naked-eye: a dark eclipse with a 'brownish' hue.
20cm Meade LX200 SCT; modded Canon EOS 450D camera.








The Moon on 26/27th September and 25th October 2015

All images with C14 @ F11 with Trutek Type 1 R filter and Flea 3 CCD.
(Added Baader UV/IR blocker for the September images.)





Aristarchus, Herodotus and Schroter's Valley






Reiner Gamma and the Marius Hills










Bettinus, Kircher and Wilson with bright streak north of Scheiner









Moretus (lower right), Klaproth and Casatus (upper left)









Pythagoras






Hevelius and Grimaldi











Reiner Gamma and Cavalerius









Grimaldi and Riccioli









Cruger, Darwin and the Sirsalis Rille









Schickard










Bailey








Region north of Schickard









Aristarchus, Herodotus and Schroter's Valley








The waning crescent Moon




09.08.15  04:49 UTC
Gassendi
C14 @ f/11; Trutek type 1 R filter and Baader UV/IR rejection filter










09.08.15  04:46 UTC
Kepler
C14 @ f/11; Trutek type 1 R filter and Baader UV/IR rejection filter









   

09.08.15  04:41 UTC
Pythagoras
C14 @ f/11; Trutek type 1 R filter and Baader UV/IR rejection filter











09.08.15  04:49 UTC
Carpenter and Philolaus
C14 @ f/11; Trutek type 1 R filter and Baader UV/IR rejection filter










09.08.15  04:37 UTC
Lansberg and Reinhold/Reinhold B
C14 @ f/11; Trutek type 1 R filter and Baader UV/IR rejection filter











09.08.15  04:34 UTC
Scheiner and Blancanus
C14 @ f/11; Trutek type 1 R filter and Baader UV/IR rejection filter












09.08.15  04:32 UTC
Schiller
C14 @ f/11; Trutek type 1 R filter and Baader UV/IR rejection filter












09.08.15  04:30 UTC
Sunset over Copernicus with the Hortensius domes nicely visible
C14 @ f/11; Trutek type 1 R filter and Baader UV/IR rejection filter








The Crescent Moon on 21st May 2015

Poor seeing at low altitude, but imaged nevertheless because of the interesting features present.

































The Total Lunar Eclipse of 3rd March, 2007
For more images of the eclipse click here or on above image.