The Moon

Gassendi and Humorum at dawn
Gassendi and Humorum at dawn

The early Lunar morning sunrise creeps across Mare Humoram and the low Sun angle highlights the crater walls and the Rimae Hippalus. Emerging from the night, the 1200m high central peaks of the diamond-ring shaped Gassendi are illuminated in the sunlight of a new Lunar day.

Copernicus
Copernicus

Imaged in March 2015, Copernicus is a prominent crater in the Oceanus Procellarum (Ocean of Storms). The crater is 93Km across. The small crater at 9 o'clock in the main crater wall is 3Km in diameter.

Ptolemaeus Alphonsus and Arzachel
Ptolemaeus Alphonsus and Arzachel

Captured with Point Grey Chameleon camera, red longpass filter, Celestron C11, all mounted on EQ8. Stacked in AS!2, wavelet sharpened in Registax 6.

Plato and Vallis Alpes
Plato and Vallis Alpes

November 2014

Eratosthenes at Sunrise
Eratosthenes at Sunrise

November 2014

Maginus at Sunrise
Maginus at Sunrise

November 2014

Archimedes, Aristillus & Autolycus
Archimedes, Aristillus & Autolycus
Copernicus
Copernicus

December 2014

The Mare Frigoris and Crater Plato
The Mare Frigoris and Crater Plato

The "Sea of Cold" arching over the giant crater Plato. The long rift, Vallis Alpes runs diagonally up through the Montes Alpes mountain range. The central rille is visible, running the length of the Vallis Alpes.

Crater Copernicus
Crater Copernicus

Copernicus is a lunar impact crater named after the astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus, located in eastern Oceanus Procellarum .It typifies craters that formed during the Copernican period in that it has a prominent ejecta blanket and ray system. Copernicus is one of the most visible craters on the Lunar surface and is some 93Km in diameter.

Theophilus, Cyrillus and Catharina
Theophilus, Cyrillus and Catharina

An interesting triplet of craters that border the Mare Nectaris (the Sea of Nectar) on the right of the image and the Sinus Asperitatis (Bay of Roughness) to the north. Theophilus is more recent that Cyrillus and it's heavily terraced walls have overlaid part of Cyrillus.

Cassini, Aristoteles & Eudoxus
Cassini, Aristoteles & Eudoxus

This image was captured as these craters lay along the terminator. I always think that the transition from light to dark makes the desolate Lunar terrain seem even more foreboding. The Vallis Alpes can be seen in the top left of the image, with the central rille just visible. Cassini is lower left. Eudoxus is mid-frame with the steeply-terraced Aristoteles to the north. In the dark of the Lunar twilight the Lacus Mortis (the Sea of Death) can be seen on the right.

Theophilius, Cyrillus and Catharina
Theophilius, Cyrillus and Catharina

And the Mare Nectaris.

Mare Frigoris
Mare Frigoris

Mare Frigoris with Atlas Hercules & Endymion

Theophilius, Cyrillus and Catharina
Theophilius, Cyrillus and Catharina
Posidonius
Posidonius

The crater Posidinius floor is heavily cracked with the Rimae Posidinius clearly showing.

The Mare Frigoris
The Mare Frigoris
The Montes Alpes
The Montes Alpes
76% Full
76% Full

Equipment Used: Canon 50D on Nexstar 8GPS A 2-pane mosaic. Each pane is 35 images stacked in Registax, and combined in Microsoft ICE

Lunar South Polar Region
Lunar South Polar Region

The souther region of the Lunar surface with the crater Gassendi.

Crater Schiller
Crater Schiller
Aristoteles and Eudoxus
Aristoteles and Eudoxus

Aristoteles is a lunar impact crater that lies near the southern edge of the Mare Frigoris and to the east of the Montes Alpes mountain range. To the south of Aristoteles lies the slightly smaller crater Eudoxus and these two form a distinctive pair for a telescope observer. An arc of mountains between these craters bends to the west before joining the walls. The smaller crater Mitchell is directly attached to the eastern rim of Aristoteles. To the west is the low, flooded feature Egede.

Mare Humorum and Gassendi
Mare Humorum and Gassendi
Copernicus and Rays
Copernicus and Rays

One of the most prominent craters on the Lunar surface, Copernicus is surrounded by a beautiful ejecta blanket with rays covering a diameter of over 800Km

Crater Copernicus
Crater Copernicus
Crater Clavius
Crater Clavius
Posidonius
Posidonius

Posidonius is a lunar impact crater that is located on the western edge of Mare Serenitatis, to the south of Lacus Somniorum. The crater Chacornac is attached to the southeast rim, and to the north is Daniell. The rim of Posidonius is shallow and obscured, especially on the western edge, and the interior has been overlain by a lava flow in the past.

10 Pane Mosaic
10 Pane Mosaic

A 10 pane mosaic of the Moon, captured through a 7Nm hydrogen-alpha filter. Atik 248, Baader H-a filter, Celestron C11 EQ6 mount. Each pane consisted of 10 x .01 second exposures stacked in Registax. The individual panes were stitched in Microsoft ICE. Final processing completed in Photoshop. The full image is 90Mb in size and is 16megapixels

Crater Erathosthenes
Crater Erathosthenes

Eratosthenes (named after the Greek mathematician) was formed about 3.2 billion years ago, and is about 58Km in diameter. The Montes Apenninus mountain range extends to the right, and defines the edge of the Mare Imbrium. You can also see the Rima Hyginus, which extends for about 220Km.

The Rupes Recta
The Rupes Recta

A linear fault in the Mare Nubium, the "Straight Wall" has a length of 110 km, a typical width of 2–3 km, and a height of 240–300 mtrs.

The Sinus Medii Region
The Sinus Medii Region

With Crater Triesnecker, Rima Hyginus, Crater Godin, Crater Agrippa, Crater Whewell, Crater Cayley, Crater Plinius, Crater Dionysius, Crater Julius Caeser and Crater Menelaus.