Almost full Moon

This image, enlarged above, was taken 2 days after full moon and was taken with a digital camera, a Samsung Digimax 130 (1.3 mega pixels)

It involved no more than holding the camera up to the wide angle eyepiece and pressing the button.

Using the LCD screen instead of looking through the camera viewer, as with conventional film cameras, made framing the picture very easy.

The image is shown as seen with the naked eye, not inverted as seen though the telescope.

This picture is a composite of two images as the image produced at the eyepiece is too large for the camera to capture.

Eyepiece used 20mm Mirador Superwide Plossl giving a magnification of x100

The marked areas show the location of the close-ups below, all taken by film camera.

 1) Mare Crisium

This is a close-up film photograph of Mare Crisium seen in the above picture at the 3 o'clock position.

The sunlight covers only 3/4 of the floor but strikes the high tops of the far rim, some parts of which rise to a height of 3000 metres (1.75 miles).

The advantage of taking the picture after full moon is that the shadow brings out the relief.

Taken at 800 magnifications using a tele-extender for eyepiece projection with a 10mm Plossl.

Area shown 240 x 360 miles


2) Crater Eratosthenes

Taken at 800 magnifications as above.

Colour film 400 ASA was used, as in all the photographs.

Automatic exposure (Less than 1 second)

This image shows an area 300 miles across

3) Craters near Tycho

Some craters near Tycho, which is just off to the left of the picture.

The large central crater is Walter, with a central peak height of 1000 metres ( 0.6 miles)


Taken as above.

4) Plato & Vallis Alpes

This image shows the crater Plato and the Vallis Alpes, a 100 mile long valley cutting through the Montes Alpes.

Taken as above.


Eclipse of the Moon

January 2001

Easy Guider shot with automatic exposure-about 1/2 second.


Deep Sky




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