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The Moon


Lunar phase right now

Here are my Lunar images, newest images on top, older further down. Click the thumbnail images to see the full size image.

A nice Photographic Map of the Moon can be found here.
Another very interesting site is the Clementine Lunar Image Browser (CLIB)



Clavius 28. March 2007. C8, 3x barlow, ToUcam 740k


Copernicus 28. March 2007. C8, 3x barlow, ToUcam 740k


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Mare Crisium 09. September 2006. This is a single shot 0.03 sec using Artemis 285 and Astronomik Ha filter. C8 telescope with 0.6x reducer.
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The Moon 09. April 2006. This time using Artemis 285 and Takahashi FS60c + Meade 2x barlow and and Astronomik Deep Sky Ha filter. Captured with Artemis Capture 0.15 sec. 6 patches 10 frames. Each patch aligned and stacked in k3CCDTools3, saved as FITS, mosaic in iMerge, wavelet sharpening in Registax3. Final theaks and JPG conversion in Photoshop CS2.

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Mare Crisium 17. November 2005. A single Art285 0.001 sec exposure with C8 at f10.

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The Moon 17. November 2005.
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The Moon 19. April 2005. Clearly my best mosaic to date. Imaged with C8 @ f10 barlow, IRB and green filter and ToUcam 740K, 10fps. 68 patches were needed to cover the disk of the Moon. Capture was with K3CCDTools2, using around 250 frames per patch. Stacking with Registax3. Mosaic using AutoStitch (fully automatic !!) Even more detail can be seen in 50% size version and 100% size version.
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Earthshine 12. April 2005. Takahashi FS60c + Coolpix 995.
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Lunar libration 21-22. March 2005. Takahashi FS60c + Coolpix 995.

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Total Lunar eclipse webcast October 28, 2004.
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Total Lunar eclipse webcast November 09, 2003.
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Crater Clavius 16. October 2003. Clearly my best Clavius image to date. Imaged with C8, 3x barlow, IRB filter and Vesta 675K SC3 camera in normal short exposure mode, 10fps. 6 patches around Clavius captured, stacked with K3CCDtools, and the mosaic was assembled using Jon Grove's iMerge program. Final sharpening in Photoshop.
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The Moon 16. October 2003. Imaged with C8, 0.6x focal reducer, IRB filter and Vesta 675K SC3 camera in normal short exposure mode, 10fps. 14 patches to cover the sunlit Moon, stacked with K3CCDtools, and the mosaic was assembled using Jon Grove's iMerge program. Final sharpening in Photoshop.
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The Moon shot in broad daylight (the sun was actually shining on the inside of my dew shield!). Time: 6pm local time (5pm if you disregard summer time) April 6. 2003. Scope/camera: C8 + Mogg focal reducer + Mogg IRB filter + ToUcam 740. Processing: Stacking in Registax, Mosaic in Photoshop, noise reduction in Neat Image, blending of noise-reduced version & original in Photoshop. Full size image here .
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Plato with craterlets resolved!. March 14, 2003. C8 + 3x barlow + Mogg IRB filter + Mogg Adapter + ToUcam 740k. Captured in K3CCDTools. Best ~40 frames hand picked and stacked in K3CCDTools at 2x. Unsharp mask 5, strength 900. Default noise reduction in Neat Image. Downsized 50% in Irfanview and saved to JPG.
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Full Moon mosaic (50% size), 18. January 2003. Captured with C8 + Mogg IRB filter + Mogg reducer + PlanetFinder + Vesta675K. Processing in Registax + Photoshop. A full size version of this image can be seen here.
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Moon mosaic, 26. October 2002. Captured with C8 + Mogg reducer + PlanetFinder + Vesta675K. Processing in Registax + Photoshop.
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This image is an anaglyphic version of Clavius, similar to the Copernicus image below. It received Honorable Mention for Creativity from the American Lunar Society in their September 2002 Image of the Month contest. This is what they said:
Honorable Mention for Creativity
You will need 3D glasses for this one. The image was combined from two images, one taken in Norway by Carsten Arnholm and the other taken in southern Ontario, Canada, by Roger Hill . The baseline formed is just over 6,000 kilometers. The two images were combined by Carsten Arnholm into the single anaglyphic image. Each image was taken with a Celestron C-8s, and Philips Vesta webcams. This image was selected for its novel collaboration between two imagers to create a 3D image. While its detail level is modest, the view through 3D glasses is unique.
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This is a very special image. It is a stereo image of Copernicus!! It is a so called anaglyphic image. You need to view the image with a red filter covering the left eye, and a blue filter covering the right eye. Then you will experience the height of the crater mountains!!

This image was made possible, because I discovered that Roger Hill of Toronto, Canada had imaged Copernicus with a C8 and a Vesta webcam on May 21, just like me!! Our large separation creates a parallax effect, allowing the stereo image to be constructed. The red component is my image, the blue component is his image. I am not aware of any amateur image like this. In fact, it may be a world #1. If you have any knowledge of this being done before, please contact me.

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Crater Copernicus 21. May 2002 captured with C8 + PlanetFinder + Vesta675K. High resolution!
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Crater Clavius 21. May 2002 captured with C8 + PlanetFinder + Vesta675K.
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Gibbous Moon 21. May 2002 captured with C8 + Mogg reducer + PlanetFinder + Vesta675K.
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Crescent Moon 18. May 2002 captured with C8 + Mogg reducer + PlanetFinder + Vesta675K.
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Crescent Moon 17. May 2002 captured with C8 + Mogg reducer + PlanetFinder + Vesta675K. Only 4 patches (with lots of overlap) was needed to capture the whole Moon crescent at 23:50 localdaylight saving time.
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Schroeter's Valley, 24. April 2002. C8, Prime focus, Vesta 675k webcam. This image shows Schroter's Valley and the Aristarchus crater and plateau. It lies between Mare Imbrium and Oceanus Procellarum. This valley is the largest (widest) sinuous rille on the Moon. High turbulence, processing with Registax.
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Sinus iridium, 24. April 2002. C8, Prime focus, Vesta 675k webcam. Sinus Iridium lies on the border of Mare Imbrium. In this image, the 25km diameter crater Helicon is indicated. Also hinted in the image is the tiny Helicon E crater, just 2.4km diameter. High turbulence, processing with Registax. See also http://www.astroimaging.com/tips.htm for more on Helicon E.
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Schickard, 24. April 2002. C8, Prime focus, Vesta 675k webcam. Schickard is an 227km diameter lava flooded crater. It lies close to the south western limb of the Moon as seen from Earth and is best visible through a telescope 2-3 days before full Moon. High turbulence, processing with Registax.
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Clavius, 21. April 2002. C8, Prime focus, Vesta 675k webcam. Clavius has a diameter of 225km and contains many craterlets of progressive smaller size.
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Plato and Alpine Valley (right), 21. April 2002. C8, Prime focus, Vesta 675k webcam. Plato is about 100 km wide and lies on the border of Mare Imbrium.
Moon disk, March 24, 2002. C8, Prime focus, Vesta 675k webcam. Mosaic in Photoshop 4.0 LE. This is the same image as below, but the processing is improved, and it is a 100% size image.
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Moon disk, March 24, 2002. C8, Prime focus, Vesta 675k webcam. Mosaic in Photoshop 4.0 LE.
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Plato with tiny craterlets. Image stacking and processing reveals small "craterlets" inside Plato itself! March 23, 2002. C8, f/30, Vesta 675k webcam
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Rupes Recta (Straight Wall), March 23, 2002. C8, Prime focus, Vesta 675k webcam.The length of the fault is 110 km, its height 240-300 m.
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The crater Plato with a nice shadow, March 23, 2002. C8, Prime focus, Vesta 675k webcam. The crater Plato is 100 kilometers wide.
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The crater Eratosthenes (diameter 85km), March 23, 2002. C8, Prime focus, Vesta 675k webcam.
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14 day old moon, January 27, 2002. C8, Prime focus, Fujica ST605 SLR camera. Fuji Provia100F film. This image was a cooperation effort between myself and my father (http://carnholm.home.online.no). The image is not 100% sharp, due to mirror vibration (a problem unknown to webcams .....!).
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Lunar terminator, November 02, 2001. C8, Prime focus, Vesta 675 webcam.
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Mare Frigoris. October 05, 2001. C8, Prime focus, Vesta 675 webcam.
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My first attempt at a lunar mosaic. May 02, 2001. Vixen 90mm refractor, QuckCam VC webcam. As you can see, I didn't know how to do it properly :-)
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A decent image of the crater Clavius. May 02, 2001. Vixen 90mm refractor, eyepiece projection, QuckCam VC webcam.