What are you talking about CtCameraEye? Have you had to much fermented eggnog left over from Christmas? No gentle blog reader, standby and read on…..
Lately, I have been having some good luck imaging our close neighbor, the moon. Now I wanted a challange to see what I could do with some close up details of lunar features. I have always looked and the the moon with awe, but never really, really, really, tackled the high definition imaging of it. Tonight had great atmospheric conditions, so I decided to spend a few hours and see what I could get.
I started off the night with about a 1800mm image of the whole disk of the 6 day old moon. Not bad!
Now it’s down to business. Double that to 3600mm and now we are running in the “challenge factor”. Twice as much magnifacation, half the light, double the problem. Camera shake, shutter shake, wind, all play into getting a useable image. Who would have though? One hour later, 10 frozen digits (the temp was 22 degrees) and 60 frames later, a useable image. Remember, you only need one!
Ok, This is were I was looking for unique object I could showcase. This is where I found Crater Messier!
Wikipedia says, it is a relatively young lunar impact crater located on Mare Fecunditatic. Just to the west lies Messier A. Two linear rays extend westward over 100 kilometers.
Here a pullout image of what I got after a 3600mm picture. What do you think? Pretty neat Messier huh?
PLEASE! Click on the image to see a lot larger image.
Courtesy of NASA, here is what the crew of Apollo 15 saw of Messier.