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.

88% Waxing Gibbous Moon July 29, 2012

We all enjoy a good deep space object, imaging gaseous regions responsible for the birth of stars within our galaxy; we also love imaging galaxies that host millions¬†billions of stars which could also host planets that in turn could host Earth like planets, and you can’t forget about the beautiful explosions of a star forming a planetary nebula. Unfortunately imaging all those objects becomes quite difficult with the bright moon. So what does an astronomer do when the moon becomes too bright and washes out the dim little fuzzies within, or outside of our galaxy? Well it’s simple really, we image our closest and brightest object, the Moon, or planets if they are visible from your viewing location.

88% Waxing Gibbous Moon. 07-29-12

I have found a great joy in capturing the moon and bringing out the detail of the craters along the terminator, and even along the brightly lit surface. This image is of the 88% Waxing Gibbous Moon on the night of July 29, 2012 as it was near the meridian from my front yard. I managed to get 50 images, 48 of the best images were used to stack and create the image above.

Equipment: Omni XLT 150 on a CG-4 tripod with RA and DEC motor, Canon 350D, and t-ring and adapter for prime focus imaging.

36% Crescent Moon July 24, 2012

Tonight’s waxing crescent moon is up to 36% compared to two days ago at only 15%. I had just enough break in the clouds, and time before it went below the trees on the horizon to get out and get some shots of it again tonight. This is a total of 45 images stacked in Registax, and post processed in Photoshop.¬†Omni XLT 150 and Canon 350D prime focus.

36% Waxing Gibbous Moon. 07-24-12

My favorite features when looking at the moon are the craters along the terminator. For those that don’t know, the terminator is the shadow along the moon. I especially like the craters along the terminator that the ridge is illuminated while the rest of the crater is immersed in shadow.

15% Crescent Moon July 22, 2012

I had just enough time to get the telescope out, aim at the thin 15% Waxing Gibbous moon, attach the DSLR, and take a bunch of shots of it. I managed to get 50 images, and 48 of them stacked in Registax. Did a little bit of editing in Registax, and then brought it into Photoshop for some final touches; brightness, levels, curves, exposure, sharpen, and crop.

15% Waxing Gibbous Moon. 07-22-12

Going through all of my previous images of the moon I realized this is my first with the Omni XLT 150, Canon 350D, and it’s also my first crescent moon. Most of my images of the moon have all been near 50% or more. The sky was still a bit blue during imaging this as the sun had not completely set. I had to get out and image the moon once I realized it has been quite a while since I’ve done any moon images. We’ll see what the rest of the week brings for clear skies, and if all is good, I may be able to get some more images of it throughout the week.