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MSammon

Apollo 11 landing site

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So I found these tonight. Rough area of the landing site and the Moltke crater. I have seen some with clearer images taken through an iPhone but that was someone with an 11” Celestron SCT. 

This is with a 12” F 5.3 dob and Myriad XWA 3.5mm eyepiece. Can I get much clearer with my scope? 

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You could try less magnification - 450x is a heck of a lot even on the moon and only under the very best seeing conditions and with the scope collimation absolutely spot on will it result in sharp views. With my 12" F/5.3 dob I often get my sharpest views of the moon at around 280x - 320x. Occasionally I can go a little further and still get a sharp view but most of the time things get softer above that sort of magnification, rather than sharper.

 

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I was struggling to make out the craters with less power but they probably will have been clearer. Will try again next time. 

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Less power usually makes things crisper. I always prefer a smaller scale sharp view to a larger scale mushy one. There are some exceptions to this, usually when I'm searching for a very faint point source such as a supernova or one of the fainter planetary moons.

 

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How cool... now if you can actually image the landing site equipment, that would be awesome.

 

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16 minutes ago, John said:

You could try less magnification - 450x is a heck of a lot even on the moon and only under the very best seeing conditions and with the scope collimation absolutely spot on will it result in sharp views. With my 12" F/5.3 dob I often get my sharpest views of the moon at around 280x - 320x. Occasionally I can go a little further and still get a sharp view but most of the time things get softer above that sort of magnification, rather than sharper.

 

I agree...

 

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9 minutes ago, MarsG76 said:

How cool... now if you can actually image the landing site equipment, that would be awesome.

 

How?

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6 minutes ago, MSammon said:

How?

Some would say that its not possible.. but I'm sure someone will find a way to go that deep and detailed....

 

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14 hours ago, MSammon said:

This is with a 12” F 5.3 dob and Myriad XWA 3.5mm eyepiece. Can I get much clearer with my scope? 

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You should be able to get sharper by stacking and processing. I did this a year ago April, using a 6" f87 - my 150PL.

A good target is to aim to get Aldrin, Collins and Armstrong craters. CXoolins is 2.4km across so resolving it suggests this is pretty much at the theoretical limit for my scope.

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14 hours ago, MSammon said:

Can anybody tell me which crater this is by the way please?

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It's Copernicus. I got it myself a little while back with my Tak 100 and my old Samsung mobile:

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2 hours ago, John said:

 

It's Copernicus. I got it myself a little while back with my Tak 100 and my old Samsung mobile:

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That’s amazing that. What magnification was that at?

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