Thursday, September 28, 2006

Atlas & Hercules 10th Sept 2006

Atlas is a prominent lunar impact crater that is located in the northeast part of the Moon, to the southeast of Mare Frigoris. Just to the west is the slightly smaller but still prominent Hercules crater. Northeast of Atlas is the large Endymion crater.
The inner wall of the Atlas crater multiply terraced and the edge slumped, forming a sharp-edged lip. This is a floor-fractured crater with a rough and hilly interior that has a lighter albedo than the surroundings. Floor-fractures are usually created as a result of volcanic modifications.
There are two dark patches along the inner edge of the walls; one along the north edge and another besides the southeast edges. A system of slender clefts named the Rimae Atlas crosses the crater floor, and were created by volcanism. Along the north and northeastern inner sides are a handful of dark-halo craters, most likely formed due to eruptions. Around the mid-point is a cluster of low central hills arranged in a circular formation.
Hercules is a prominent crater located in the northwest part of the Moon, to the east of Atlas crater. It lies along the east edge of a southward extension in the Mare Frigoris. To the west across the mare is the Bürg crater. To the south is the ruined crater Williams.
The interior walls of Hercules have multiple terraces, and there is a small outer rampart. The crater floor has been flooded by lava in the past, and contains several areas of low albedo. The central peak has been buried, leaving only a low hill near the mid-point. The satellite crater 'Hercules G' crater is located prominently just to the south of the center. The small crater 'Hercules E' lies along the southern rim of Hercules.
In the past this crater has been reported as the site of some transient lunar phenomenon.

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Monday, September 18, 2006

Televue 5 x Powermate

I ordered a Powermate at the weekend from Telescope House.

It's coming tomorrow, I'll tell ya all about it. :-)

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Tuesday, September 12, 2006


I found a golden rule to be untrue last night. The golden rule that I'm talking about is:-

'Seeing is bad after rain or a storm'

We had thunder and lightning storms yesterday evening, in fact a house just down the road from where I live was struck by lightning, and caught the roof alight.

I went out last night about 3 am to do some Moon imaging. There was a fair amount of cloud about, but in between some clear patches. To my amazement the 'seeing' was very good.

Just goes to show.

Clavius 12th Sept 2006

Tycho 12th Sept. 2006

4 image mosaic.

The Straight Wall & Hyginus Rille - 12th sept 2006

Plato, Tycho & Hadley Rille from 12th Sept 2006

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Various from 10th Sept 2006

Tycho 10th Sept 2006

4 image mosaic.

The Moons Southern Highlands

6 image mosaic. 2 x Barlow, IR filter.

Moon early morning 10th Sept 2006

Canon Powershot and 26mm EP.


Saturday, September 09, 2006

Moon 9th Sept 2006 - Colour and B&W

Later... on the 8th Sept 2006


Friday, September 08, 2006

Moon 8th Sept. 2006

9 image mosaic.
Here's a 3 image pan from last night showing the moons terminator coming back over the horizon.

Nearly full Moon taken with my Canon Powershot hand held at a 32mm EP.


Thursday, September 07, 2006

Partial Lunar Eclipse 7th Sept. 2006

Images taken using a 200mm telephoto lens and Toucam Pro.
Gaffer tapped to a camera tripod.

Tuesday, September 05, 2006