The Sun Solar System: the Moon Planets observing logs

May 10th, 2003; Lunar observing log

Picture of the moon

On this page you will find my first lunar pictures I ever made.

The telescope I used is an 8-inch TAL 200K Klevtzov-cassegrain. The camera is a Nikon Coolpix 775. I mounted the camera on a Manfrotto tripod, and I simply placed it in front of the eyepiece. There where no filters used. The pictures have not been processed or edited in any way. The only thing I did was mirror and rotate them into the right position.

The photo on the left was taken through a 32mm Televue Plossl. There is no camera-zoom used. Near the terminator, in the upper half of the picture, you see Plato, Mare Imbrium, the Montes Apeninnus, Erathosthenes and Copernicus. On the lower half you see Bulliadus, Longomontanus and Clavius.

On the right you see Mare Crisium, Mare Serenetatis, Mare Tranquilitatus and Mare Fecundatis. Between Mare Crisium and Mare Tranquilitatus a triangular feature is visible, Palus Somni.

This photo was taken through a TAL 25mm Plossl using the camera-zoom. It shows the Mare Imbrium area. On the North-side (up) you see the crater Plato, 101 km in diameter (Rukl 3). Right below Plato there is a group of mountains visible, the Montes Teneriffe (Rukl 11). They have a total lenght of 110 km and the highest peaks are 2.400 meters. Slightly to the west of the Montes Teneriffe lies a lonely mountain, Mons Pico (Rukl 11). The base of Mons Pico measures 15x25 km, and the peak is 2.400 meters high.

Near the southern edge (down) of the photo you can see Copernicus, a crater 93 km in diameter and a total depth of 3.760 meters, a beautiful sight through almost every telescope. On the crater-floor you can see a group of central peaks that reach a height of 1.200 meters (Rukl 31). To the North of Copernicus lie the Montes Carpatus, the crater Pytheas and the Crater Lambert (Rukl 20).

To the north-west of Copernicus you see the crater Erathosthenes and the Montes Apeninnus (Rukl 21).

Picture of the Moon

Picture of the Moon

This picture was taken through a 20mm Vixen Lanthanum eyepiece, with camera-zoom. The big crater with the chain of smaller craters on it's floor is Clavius. This Crater is 225 km in diameter. In the southern wall you can see the biggest if the crater-chain, Rutherfurd. From there the chains runs North first and then North-east, with the smaller craters Clavius D,C, N, J and JA. On this picture D, C an N can be seen. (Rukl 72)

South-west of Clavius three craters can be seen, grouped together. Moretus is the biggest of these three, and shows as central peak. Between Moretus and Clavius lie the other two, Gruemberger and Cysatus. (Rukl 73)

To the North of Clavius we find Longomontanus (Rukl 73), Montanari and Wilhelm. To the west of Wilhelm lies Tycho, with its central peak. (Rukl 64)

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