March 2018 Moonscapes

Over last two nights Moon was near to first quarter and was shining high in the night sky. I spent some very nice time at eyepiece on observations. Lunar views were extraordinary, camera images are not able to reflect all the dynamics of lights and shadows at the terminator line, that human eye is able to perceive. But despite to this I decided to take some Moon high resolution images – just to remember. 

Catena Abulfeda crater chain. It is 210km long and it continues across the Rupes Altai.
Hercules and Atlas craters. Lower right - Endymion crater
Hercules and Atlas craters. Lower right – Endymion crater
Heraclitus crater (right of center). It is complex crater, heavily worn with features smoothed down by subsequent impacts
Heraclitus crater (right of center). It is complex crater, heavily worn with features smoothed down by subsequent impacts
Montes Alpes with Vallis Alpes across. Cassini crater at lower left
Montes Alpes with Vallis Alpes across. Cassini crater at lower left
Sinus Lunicus surrounded with well known crater trio: Archimedes, Aristillus and Austolycus
Sinus Lunicus surrounded with well known crater trio: Archimedes, Aristillus and Austolycus
Aristoteles and Eudoxus craters
Aristoteles and Eudoxus craters
Famous Moon crater trio: Ptolemaeus, Alphonsus and Arzachel
Famous Moon crater trio: Ptolemaeus, Alphonsus and Arzachel
Straight Wall (Rupes Recta) - famous linear fault on Moon. It is 300 m high and 110km long feature
Straight Wall (Rupes Recta) – famous linear fault on Moon. It is 300 m high and 110km long feature

All these Moon images were recorded with Meade ACF 10″ telescope, Baader Q-Barlow lens, Baader 610nm filter and ASI290MM – small pixel gave high resolution. Each image is stack 400 out of 3000 frames. I should probably focus on some more specific features and try to process it harder. But during these nights I was just watching at many Moon targets, and I also wanted to have them all recorded.

Clear skies!

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