The above image is a Gibbous phase of the Moon on 13 May 2008. Several distinct dark areas, called Seas, can be seen in the image. These areas are relatively flat areas void of craters that are the result of large meteor impacts that caused molten lava to well up from below. The large irregular-shaped sea near the center of the image is the Sea of Tranquility. The first men to walk on the Moon landed on the edge of the Sea of Tranquility in 1969. This high-resolution image was taken on 13 May 2008 through a William Optics 4.2" FLT 110 f/7 refractor with an SXV-H9 monochrome ccd camera. The image is combined from 41 extremely short (0.12sec) subexposures through RGB filters.
The image above was my first successful attempt at imaging the Moon through a homebuilt (Cookbook CB245) CCD. In order to capture this image I used eyepiece projection on a 16" f/4 Meade Newtonian telescope to produce a much longer focal length and greatly magnified image. The image is a 1/1000-sec exposure and was processed with two successive iterations of a Power-law unsharp mask (CB245), followed by an Histogram Optimization (Megafix) and an Advanced Loop (Megafix).
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