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Saturday, 21 September 2013

Moon in amazing colors. Plinius and Mare Serenitatis / Tranquillitatis

145 frames at 85% best quality in Registax.
210 frames at 90% best quality in Registax.

Before talking about craters and other features, I want you to fully look at this lunar landscape. I can not take my eyes off from nuances of colors that exist in the east area of the Moon. Note therefore that the Moon is not what you think, gray, but animated by color, which to some people might seem strange.

Most of photographed Moon
on the internet is black / white, as many believe the color images diminishes clarity. In some cases this is true, but only when the camera lens or Multi-coated eyepiece, add some extra color, by their fault. But the Moon itself has interesting colors that should not be overlooked. Take the example of these images which speak for themselves, where we see a little of the two major basins Mare Serenitatis and Mare Tranquillitatis.

There was no added colors or worked at their levels. Quite the opposite. In the first picture I just dropped the brightness, and resulted the natural color out of the lunar soil.

Between the two basins, there is a crater named Plinius (43 km), and one that has a high albedo and shows rays, left in picture, at 225 Km from Plinius, named Menelaus (27 km).
Video captures:
Plinius and Menelaus craters on Mare Serenitatis/Tranquillitatis on the Moon.
Plinius and Menelaus craters on Mare Serenitatis/Tranquillitatis on the Moon - See more at:

Age of the Moon: 7 days
Phase: 51% (0% = New, 100% = Full)
Distance: 384.488 km

Optics: Celestron C8-Newtonian telescope, 20 mm Plossl, 2x Barlow
Mount: CG5 (EQ5)
Camera: Sony CX130
Filter: no
Date: 29.04.2012
Location: Baia Mare, Romania
Processing: Images in Registax, FastStone Image Viewer

Photo made ​​on 11 May 2011, with the same astronomical instruments.


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