The Details
Object
The Moon
Optics
Astro-Physics 160 EDF Refractor at f/7.5
Platform
Astro-Physics 1200 GTO
Camera
SBIG STL-11000M
Filters
Tru-Balance 6nm Hydrogen-Alpha
Date
03 February 2006
Location
Aztec Hills near Dateland, Arizona - Yuma County
Exposure
0.02 second, 1x1 binned
Software
Maxim DL/CCD, Photoshop CS
Orientation
North is at top of frame, east is 90° CCW from north
Notes

This was "first light" for my AP 160 EDF and STL-11000M imaging train combination. The great match of exquisite optics and small pixel size is demonstrated in this high resolution image of the Moon.

Near the middle and close to the terminator one can see the deep crater Theophilus with the summits of its central mountain catching the Sun's first rays of light. Tranquility Base, the site of mans first landing on the Moon by Armstrong and Aldrin of Apollo 11 is located near the terminator above Theophilus on the broad, dark plain of Mare Tranquillitatus. The large, illuminated crater left of Theophilus, near the limb of the Moon, is Langrenus. An 80 mile in diameter feature with a twin-summitted central mountain, Langrenus was named in honor of one of the early cartographers of the Moon.

Moon phase = 37.19%

 

 

 

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