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#1 RobDob

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Posted 14 October 2013 - 01:47 AM

My focus tonight was on my favorite area of the moon - Vallis Alpes and Plato. Took many point and shoot pics but the lighting just wasn't happening... No Alpine cleft, no Plato's hook, just droll.

I discovered that the lunar party tonight was going on at the Clavius Club! Seeing was decent and I happened to bag a pretty good shot of Clavius (got lucky through the seeing). Visually I was seeing better than 2km resolution perhaps 1km during still seeing. Photographically, I was happy to get this point and shoot pic which is at about 2km resolution:

Z12/Z-planetary 6mm eyepiece/Nikon Coolpix S6300

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Posted 14 October 2013 - 02:05 AM

Nice, amazingly good resolution, so much detail... really close-up shot!!

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Posted 14 October 2013 - 09:45 AM

Great shot Rob! I was taking pictures of that and Copernicus last night as well. My seeing was pretty darn good, and I was questioning if I really was capturing / seeing the resolution I thought I was. After checking some sources, yup, I got a shot of Copernicus with a crater around 1 mile across clearly shown in it. Looks like you got similar results too. Well done!

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Posted 14 October 2013 - 04:57 PM

Pretty darn good for a "snapshot"! Was this hand held or did you have the camera mounted over the EP?

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Posted 14 October 2013 - 10:35 PM

Thanks Mark, Magic, and Bob!

Bob this was just hand held against the eyepiece. Tweaked the image to sus out some more detail. Can now see some 2km craterlets in Porter.

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Posted 14 October 2013 - 11:21 PM

That is a great HH shot. I was looking at the same image through my new zoom EP last night. Coolest semicircle of craters!

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Posted 18 October 2013 - 10:51 PM

Yeah Woodscavenger, the pattern appears to me as being a giant moon crop circle. Clavius is a fascinating crater!

Went through the many pics taken that night and found a decent Vallis Alpes / Plato / Mons Piton area piccie.

Came this close '' to getting the alpine cleft me thinks:

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Posted 18 October 2013 - 11:49 PM

It's been awhile since I've done a tilt-shift, so here goes:

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Posted 19 October 2013 - 10:16 AM

Nice details :)

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Posted 19 October 2013 - 11:01 AM

Nice details :)


Ya totally, those are great. Very high res. The little mountains clearly look like mountains. At the eyepiece I can't get enough of the lunar mountains...

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Posted 21 October 2013 - 01:26 PM

What do you use to judge the diameters of the craters and the seeing capacity such as when you mentioned the 2km craterlet?

BTW...do you think that newly christened 70" scope could pick up the lunar rover vehicles on the moon?

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Posted 21 October 2013 - 08:18 PM

Mark8888's suggestion: www.google.com/moon is a good way to measure craterlets. We discuss it here:

http://www.cloudynig...6106826/page...

That 70"er is a beast! And portable! Would love to know it's resolution capabilities... Perhaps it could see the rovers, giant chicken skeletons, empty marlboro packs.. who knows?

Rob






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