Zooming on the moon
Closer and closer
Moving lunar shadows
These pictures were taken with 8"
MEADE LX10 and MEADE ETX90-EC telescope using eyepiece projection
technique with an EPSON PC3000Z digital camera. (click to obtain
a larger picture). The Moon cycle is 29 days long
Reliefs are seen only in the neighbourhood of the shadow terminator.
Movie from the pictures of this array (450x450 .GIF format 761K)
Picture taken 10/31//2001 in the same conditions as above. No more relief is visible. Only alternating bright continental regions and dark oceanic regions are visible. Youngest craters are corresponding to white dots. A few craters are surrounded by bright streaks composed of materials ejected when they were formed.
Seen from earth, the moon is rocking on East-West and South-North axis. This phenomenon called libration gives the opportunity to see 59% of the moon surface from earth. The movie below shows the effect of the South-North libration on the aspect of the south lunar pole
A 3D moon picture
This 3D view is an anaglyph
composed with two pictures captured on 01/12/1998 et le 10/312001.
The difference of libration between both pictures is 8.8 degrees
in East-West direction.
Try with your 3D glasses ....
Your suggestions are welcomed