October 1st 86% Waxing Gibbous Moon

A few shots of the October 1st 86% Waxing Gibbous Moon. These images were taken with the Celestron 8″ SCT, Canon T3i, using a 25mm eyepiece in my Orion Variable Universal Camera Adapter. Using the adapter I’m able to get more magnification. I am still in the process of testing this item which I’ve had since 2012, and only now am using. This is the second time I’ve used this. When I first received the adapter I used it on some sunspots with my 6″ Newtonian, which you can see here.

This section of the moon is Mare Humorum (The Sea of Moisture) with the large crater named Gassendi. This area was not sampled by the Apollo missions, so an exact date on its age is not known, but it is estimated to be around 3.9 billion years old determined by geological mapping. 

Mare Humorum and Crater Gassendi

This next picture is of Tycho Crater and the surrounding areas. Tycho crater is a relatively young crater on the moon at around 108 million years old. The age of the crater suggests that it was formed by a member of the Baptistina family of asteroids, but this is only conjecture. This crater is relatively easy to spot on the moon especially given its unique ray like features extending from it, some of which extend 1500km (932mi). The central peak in Tycho is 2km (6562ft) above the crater floor.

Tycho Crater

Tycho Crater

Images were formed by 30 second videos of each section, and then all editing was done in Registax 6. These took forever to edit since I’m running Registax via WINE in Linux. Still working on a less time consuming method to edit Lunar and/or planetary images in Linux. If it is possible in PixInsight then I have not figured it out yet.