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Good Times to Image the Apollo 11 Site and a Location Map

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#1 james7ca

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Posted 20 July 2019 - 04:23 AM

Sunday morning (July 21) and Monday morning (July 22) will both be good times to image the Apollo 11 landing site. The early mornings will be better since the moon will be close to the meridian and thus higher in the sky.

 

I've made a finder chart using NASA's Moon Phase and Libration for 2019 showing the location (marked with an asterisk) and the simulated lighting for both nights (at 4AM PDT). On Monday morning the lighting will be pretty shallow (for the western U.S.) and that should make the features stand out. In fact, the simulated image clearly shows the "Cat's Paw" feature which is probably the closest crater to the landing site that can be easily seen from earth (using a small to medium sized scope).

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Posted 20 July 2019 - 05:16 AM

And, in case you have problems locating this area on the closeups, the entire moon for July 21 and 22, both at 4AM PDT (simulations generated by NASA's Moon Phase and Libration for 2019). Asterisk marks the approximate location (see above for exact locations).

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Posted 20 July 2019 - 09:19 AM

Thanks for the help finding the landing site.  The intended landing site was overshot by about 4 miles. For a good description of the landing here is a link:  https://www.nbcnews....ay-moon-n160386.



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Posted 20 July 2019 - 05:53 PM

This link is a video of the complete descent of Apollo 11, complete and subtitled. Certainly worth a look!

 

https://www.youtube....eKv--PbZVeBjsbU

 

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Posted 20 July 2019 - 06:11 PM

^^^^ that was cool, thanks for sharing the link!



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Posted 20 July 2019 - 10:33 PM

Below is an annotated image that I took on June 9 of this year with a 9.25" EdgeHD that shows the landing locations of both Apollo 11 and Apollo 16. This has the opposite lighting that will occur tonight and on Monday morning but it may still prove useful in identifying the craters that were named after the Apollo 11 crew. 

 

This image is from a thread that I stated last month that has some additional images from NASA, including images from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera - or simply the LRO):

 

  https://www.cloudyni...s/#entry9452072

 

And, here is a link to the LROC QuickMap site (centered near to the Apollo 11 landing site):

 

  https://quickmap.lro...RnpEoAsjZwLrc0A

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Posted 20 July 2019 - 10:42 PM

Below is an annotated image that I took on June 9 of this year with a 9.25" EdgeHD that shows the landing locations of both Apollo 11 and Apollo 16. This has the opposite lighting that will occur tonight and on Monday morning but it may still prove useful in identifying the craters that were named after the Apollo 11 crew. 

 

Fantastic image, so clear and crisp, amazing resolution, and no noise to speak of! 

 

Are you sure you weren't inside the LRO when you took this?



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Posted 21 July 2019 - 01:44 PM

Tulloch, thanks for the notice.




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