Archive for February 2006

Tycho and Schiller   1 comment

The long crater to the left is Schiller.  From the Virtual Moon Atlas:

Very lengthened and South-East North-West oriented formation.
Seems to come from the fusion of 2 craters or from a low-angled
meteorite impact.
Pretty steep slopes supporting Bayer to the East and Schiller H to
the North-East.
High walls with terraces to the South.
Very flat floor to the South-East and tormented to the North-West.
Mountain to the North-West. Craterlets.

At the right is Tycho.   This was composed from the last 150 frames of a 727 frame exposure.  The first five hundred were completely unusable, unrecognizable actually, from the wind shaking the telescope.  It finally settled down the last twenty seconds.  November 12, 9:42pm eastern time.


Posted February 24, 2006 by finkh in Uncategorized

Copernicus November 12, 2005   Leave a comment

This started as a twenty-five second exposure, ten frames per second at 1/500 sec. drift scan.

Two hundred thirty-six frames, aligned and stacked in registax at 50% quality. I wanted as many frames as possible, and the quality was good overall. After stacking and expanding the image and processing with wavelets, I opened the saved image in Photoshop. Here I ran a Gaussian Blur to remove the blockiness introduced by high values of wavelets. Then two iterations of unsharp masking sharpened the image and preserved the details. I cropped the result to just display Copernicus. This holds up even enlarged 500%, and you can see the three central peaks in the crater. Right-click and select view image for the full size.

The close-up of Copernicus has been enlarged 400% and unsharp masked four times to bring out the crater walls and peaks.

Here’s a view from the Lunar Orbiter:

Posted February 21, 2006 by finkh in Uncategorized

Tycho   1 comment

f/9 270 frames

Posted February 17, 2006 by finkh in Uncategorized

Mare Crisium two days past full   Leave a comment

f/15 150 frames


Another Crisium, also around two days past full. The one above was probably shot a few hours later.

f/9, a few hundred frames, all good.

Posted February 17, 2006 by finkh in Uncategorized

Valentines Night   Leave a comment

Three passes drift scanning the moon. North has seven pieces, south has three. Couldn’t quite match them up.

Posted February 16, 2006 by finkh in Uncategorized

Two days past full   Leave a comment

Tripod in the snow, f/5 drift scan 1043 frames.

Posted February 15, 2006 by finkh in Uncategorized

Some views of Copernicus   Leave a comment

Morning on Copernicus.

Closeup during third quarter.

Panorama of Copernicus region.

Posted February 10, 2006 by finkh in Uncategorized