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Thursday, 26 July 2012

HD telescope video with heart-shaped Deslandres crater on the Moon.

The video images of this article are upside down (north and south are reversed), as seen through the telescope. Images were stabilized in Sony Vegas 10, because the mount wasn't motorized. The quality of our atmosphere was very good and that is why the lunar surface details are clear.

 Deslandres (234 km), is a desintegrated crater of pre-Nectarian era, and is one of the largest craters on the Moon. I like to think it has a heart shape. Also note in the video below, the eroded crater Lexell (63 km) on its southeastern edge and Hell (33 km), a smaller crater, named for astronomer Maximilian Hell, on the west. Hell Crater, shows a central peak in the center, but not visible due to the shadow that covers the crater floor. You may also notice a line of small craters on the eastern crater floor of Deslandres.

Video: Victor Lupu
Optics: CelestronC8 "-Newtonian telescope, plossl20mm, 2x Barlow
Mount: CG5 (EQ5)
Device: Sony CX-130
Video mode: Full HD progressive 1920x1080
Filter: no
Date: 29/04/2012
Location: Baia Mare, Romania
Processing and editing: Sony Vegas 10

Other large craters in this video, can be identified in the photo below, as Walther, Regiomontanus, Nonius, Sasserides and Orontius.

                                    The picture below was made on May 11, 2011.


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