Lunar Imaging

posted Jun 21, 2010, 1:29 PM by James Roe
More folks in ASEM are imaging the Moon and reporting their results on their own pages here on the ASEM site.  I thought I would join in.  I have an Orion StarShoot camera I bought some years ago but was never satisfied with but I thought I would try it with the Craterlet software.  It was a hot, muggy night last night (June 20, 2010 - mid-Summer night) when I went out to Broemmelsiek Park.  The Moon was about first quarter and almost due South in the sky at Sunset.  I first tried the 16-in Jones-Bird telescope but the camera could not reach focus - maybe with a Barlow?  Next I went into the 10-in LX-200 shelter and there was no problem reaching focus there.  Still learning my away around the camera and control software so I took some 30 second video sequences of the Plato-Alpine Valley region and the Straight Wall (Rupus Recta).  I processed the Straight Wall sequence in AVIStack and I'm sure I could use some practice wringing the most details from the image, but here it is anyway.  There are lots of details if you study it a bit with a good Lunar map (I use the Virtual Moon Atlas).  Catena Davy is visible in the lower left of the image.

Below is another shot I took on the same evening with the same equipment and processed the same.  This time it is the crater Plato, the Lunar Alps and the Alpine Valley.