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mikewirths
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Aristarchus plateau new
      #5818873 - 04/23/13 11:08 PM

Hi all,

A shot from last night, taken with my 18" Starmaster. Had to fight with the alignment in these videos because of undulating seeing but some good shots in the end.

http://img402.imageshack.us/img402/2420/aristarchusst350.jpg

enjoy

Mike


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rookie
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Re: Aristarchus plateau new [Re: mikewirths]
      #5819222 - 04/24/13 07:01 AM

Superb photo! The light and shaddows show so many features the often escape the eye. You have a gift for this and the right equipment. Thanks for posting.

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coopman
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Re: Aristarchus plateau new [Re: rookie]
      #5819286 - 04/24/13 08:28 AM

Awesome. Thanks for posting.

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coopman
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Re: Aristarchus plateau new [Re: rookie]
      #5819287 - 04/24/13 08:28 AM

Awesome. Thanks for posting.

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Kutno
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Re: Aristarchus plateau new [Re: mikewirths]
      #5819340 - 04/24/13 09:18 AM

When are you publishing your picture book of the Moon Mike? Wow does not do it justice. This is one of my favorite neighborhoods on the Moon; perhaps even number one. After looking at the detail that shows up within your picture of the Valley floor, you have me wondering whether I can ever see something comparable through my existing hardware.

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NeilMac
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Re: Aristarchus plateau new [Re: Kutno]
      #5819674 - 04/24/13 12:26 PM

Very nice !

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mikewirths
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Re: Aristarchus plateau new [Re: NeilMac]
      #5819724 - 04/24/13 12:45 PM

Thanks guys!

Kutno: maybe one day I will, in my hometown RASC club (Ottawa) we have a member who is a geologist but he also has a keen interest in the moon so maybe I could team up with him!

What kind of scope do you have? I think with a 10-14" scope with good optics you could see comparable detail, but you would need excellent seeing and high magnification.

all the best

Mike


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raffaello
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Re: Aristarchus plateau new [Re: mikewirths]
      #5821770 - 04/25/13 10:50 AM

Ohhh Mike great!
the dome herodotus omega is well detectable with its vent of course
Raf


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Kutno
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Re: Aristarchus plateau new [Re: mikewirths]
      #5822671 - 04/25/13 05:28 PM

Quote:

What kind of scope do you have? I think with a 10-14" scope with good optics you could see comparable detail, but you would need excellent seeing and high magnification.

Mike




Thank you for asking, Mike.

If I need a 10" scope, then I definitely cannot achieve the definition of your photos. I live in a city, where space is at a premium, and use a 6" Dob for high-powered work. Its optics are very good; however, it would surprise me to see the detail on the Valley floor your scope obviously pulls in.

All the best!


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RobDob
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Re: Aristarchus plateau new [Re: Kutno]
      #5823274 - 04/25/13 10:24 PM Attachment (14 downloads)

Absotively superb! (agree with Kutno, words don't do justice)

As I was staring at Mike's amazing image, I couldn't help thinking how it looked so very familiar... Took awhile, but then it dawned on me - vaguely remember sketching it.

Dug out my old sketchbook and there it was! It's a little sketch I drew back in 1988. It was taken through my Coulter Odyssey 10" stopped down to 3.5", using a 12mm RKE eyepiece - 96x. Ahh, great memories.

Rob


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mikewirths
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Re: Aristarchus plateau [Re: RobDob]
      #5826180 - 04/27/13 12:11 PM

cool drawing Rob! I'm not really a good artist but I tried it some years back (on M51) using black paper and a white pencil.

sketching like this really makes you look at your subject and learn the topography in a 3D way

--Mike


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