The Sun Solar System: the Moon Planets observing logs

January 2nd, 2004; Lunar observing log

Instrument used: Tal 200K 8 inch f10 with 32mm Televue plossl and 25,20,15 an 12mm Vixen Lanthanum. Pictures taken with Nikon Coolpix 4500 connected to the eyepieces with 28mm Scopetronix adaptor for Televue Plossl eyepiece and 28mm Vixen adaptor for Lanthanum eyepieces. The photos are processed with image processing software (resized, auto color adjustment, unsharp masking, contrast and brightness). The orientation is the same is in the Rukl Moon Atlas. The images where originally taken at image size 2272 x 1704 and image quality set to fine, using the Auto Mode, Macro Close Up and the self-timer.

Picture of the moon

Overview picture (32mm Televue plossl, no zoom) showing Mare Serenitatis, Mare Tranquillitatis, Mare Fecunditatis and Mare Crisium on the right, and Mare Imbrium, Copernicus, Mare Cognitum, Mare Nubium and Tycho on the left. Between mare Crisium and Mare Tranquilitatis the triangular shape of Palus Somnia is clearly visible. All the Mare on the edge of the Moon are visible as well. At the north eastern edge, behind the crater Endymion, Mare Humboldtianum (Rukl 7) is visible. On the edge behind Mare Crisium you can see Mare Marginis and Mare Smythii (Rukl 38). In the south eastern corner, between 4 and 5 o'clock, Mare Australis is visible (Rukl 76).

This picture is stacked out of three seperate images using Keith's Image Stacker.

Picture of the Moon

The image above (20mm Vixen Lanthanum, optical zoom) shows the area of the Rukl Maps 54,55,56,64,65,66,72,73,74. In the lower corner on the right Clavius, Blancanus and Scheiner can be seen (Rukl 72). Above Clavius, Tycho is visible with its central Peak (Rukl 64).

Picture of the Moon

This close up image of Clavius (Rukl 72) was taken using the 20mm Vixen Lanthanum eyepiece and full optical zoom of the Nikon Coolpix 4500. Rutherford, Clavius D, C, CB, N, Y, J, JA, K and L are all visible. To the southwest of Clavius you see Scheiner, Blancanus, Klaproth and Casatus.(Rukl 72). On the valley floor of Scheiner, Scheiner A and J are visible. Klaproth has a very smooth valley floor.To the southeast of Clavius you see Gruemberger, Cysatus, Moretus (with central peak) Short and Newton. To the northwest of Clavius, Longomontanus (Rukl 72) is visible with it's smooth valley floor and a few small group of peaks. Longomontanus F, L and M are also visible. To the northeast of Clavius lies Maginus (Rukl 65) Maginus C with has two smaller craters in it's rim..

On this last image you can see Sinus Iridum (Rukl 10) in the bottom corner on the left. Sinus Iridum has a diameter of 260 kilometers. The Montes Jura lie on the terminator. Promontorium Laplace throws a shadow across Sinus Iridum. To the southeast of Sinus Iridum in the Mare Imbrium, lie two smaller craters, Helicon (Rukl 10) with a diameter of 25 kilometers and Le Verrier (Rukl 11) with a diameter of 20 Kilometers. To the east of Promontorium Laplace You can see the Montes Recti, Montes Teneriffe and Mons Pico (Rukl 11). To the Northeast of Montes Teneriffe lies the big crater Plato (Rukl 3). Plato also has a very smooth valley floor.

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