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John

Apollo 15 Landing Site

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I know I can only go so far in terms of detail when taking snap shots of the moon with my old mobile phone at the eyepiece of my scope and I reckon I've more or less reached the limit here.

I wanted to try and capture the Hadley Rille and the Apollo 15 landing site that was showing so crisply though the eyepiece of my 12 inch dob.

This is the best that I could do. I've put an old NASA map extract of the landing site area next to it with the point at which the Lunar Module landed marked with a red arrow on each image.

Considering this was taken at about 400x magnification with an undriven dob and a cheap camera bracket I'm actually quite pleased with it. The eyepiece view was a lot crisper than this - probably one of the best views of this area of the lunar surface that I've had for a while.

For scale, the crater that sits on the Rille below the landing site (in the pictures) is Hadley C with a diameter of 6km.

I guess I'll need to upgrade the mobile phone if I want to do better !

 

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Nice photo of one of my favourite Apollo landing sites! 
Also thanks  for posting that NASA photo, it’s the most detailed I’ve seen. 

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Nice work John... be careful, this imaging lark is addictive! 

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John, imaging, well I never.
That is quite some going with your phone and nice capture.
I rather liked the Nasa map / image too for reference.

I was looking at this area recently to.

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Very nice image John.

At the moment, I'm playing around with my planetary camera and a barlow to 2x magnify stuff. As a bit of fun I might have a look later to see if I can get something on a Apollo landing site.

Who knows John, maybe you have started something :) 

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