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Monday, 20 July 2015

HD astronomical telescope video on the Moon: Schickard Phocylides and Nasmith.

In this video of a few minutes, we have an observation on southwest craters of the Moon, such as Schickard (227 km), the largest in center of images, Nasmith and Phocylides located south of it, and Inghirami crater (91 km) which is located on the edge of the Moon, it is seen oval and submerged by darkness.

The impact that formed the crater Schickard, occurred in an area predominantly high. This was followed by an episode of flooding that occurred both inside and outside the crater Schickard, which took place before the impact that formed Mare Orientale.

Another episode of flooding followed, creating a thin layer of material that covered the areas that were affected by the first episode of flooding.

A final episode of flooding occurred within the crater Schickard, creating two spots that can be seen today.
Photo images extracted from this video are here.

Moon Age: 1.00 days
Illuminated: 99.8% (0% = New, 100% = Full)

Magnitude: -12.20
Distance: 398.772 km

Optics (telescope or lenses): Celestron C8-Newtonian telescope, eyepiece 20mm Plossl, 2x barlow
Mount: CG5 (EQ5)
Camera: Sony CX130

Video mode: 1080p
Filter: no
Date: 14/03/2014
Location: Baia Mare, Romania
Processing: Sony Vegas HD Platinum 10.0

The video was made with the camera mounted on the telescope, to be more exact on the telescope eyepiece. To protect the telescope from vibrations, I used a tracking motor from Lacerta, and thus the image was more stable.

However, even with this tracking device for celestial bodies, there were vibrations of the telescope tube, causing the image to be slightly unstable. For this, I used the video stabilization option in Sony Vegas editing software, so the video was 100% correct on this issue.

Unstable aspect of the image through the telescope is caused by a combination of turbulence in the Earth's atmosphere and increased streams of heat from the ground and buildings.

Images were obtained by attaching a camera directly into the eyepiece of an astronomical telescope of 8 inch Newtonian; For this reason the eyepiece visual field was increased.

In the picture below are labeled craters and other lunar features in the region. To better understand this photo, you should note that the label with the name or the letter of larger craters could be found at their center, and on the small craters, you should find them around them, usually above.

Imafe from 2010.


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