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RobDob
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Reged: 04/10/10

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Another great night for Clavius
      #6136244 - 10/14/13 02:47 AM Attachment (42 downloads)

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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mark8888
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Reged: 09/24/10

Re: Another great night for Clavius new [Re: RobDob]
      #6136254 - 10/14/13 03:05 AM

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

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magic612
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Reged: 09/30/08

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Re: Another great night for Clavius new [Re: mark8888]
      #6136629 - 10/14/13 10:45 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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Reged: 10/20/10

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Re: Another great night for Clavius new [Re: RobDob]
      #6137574 - 10/14/13 05:57 PM

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

Bob


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RobDob
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Re: Another great night for Clavius new [Re: REC]
      #6138097 - 10/14/13 11:35 PM Attachment (14 downloads)

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.

Rob


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woodscavenger
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Reged: 08/20/13

Loc: Boise, ID
Re: Another great night for Clavius new [Re: RobDob]
      #6138170 - 10/15/13 12:21 AM

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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RobDob
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Re: Another great night for Clavius new [Re: woodscavenger]
      #6145862 - 10/18/13 11:51 PM Attachment (11 downloads)

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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RobDob
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Re: Another great night for Clavius new [Re: RobDob]
      #6145928 - 10/19/13 12:49 AM Attachment (11 downloads)

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

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NeilMac
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Reged: 09/25/10

Loc: MedHat, AB, Canada
Re: Another great night for Clavius new [Re: RobDob]
      #6146458 - 10/19/13 11:16 AM

Nice details

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mark8888
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Reged: 09/24/10

Re: Another great night for Clavius new [Re: NeilMac]
      #6146561 - 10/19/13 12:01 PM

Quote:

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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woodscavenger
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Reged: 08/20/13

Loc: Boise, ID
Re: Another great night for Clavius new [Re: mark8888]
      #6149973 - 10/21/13 02:26 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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RobDob
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Re: Another great night for Clavius new [Re: woodscavenger]
      #6150622 - 10/21/13 09:18 PM

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

http://www.cloudynights.com/ubbthreads/showflat.php/Cat/0/Number/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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