Observing the moon

Moon phases

Zooming on the moon

Closer and closer

Moving lunar shadows

Moon atlas

Moon lights


Lunar conjunctions

Moon phases


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.

D1 D2 D3 D4 D5 D6 D7
D8 D9 D10 D11 D12 D13 D14
D15 D16 D17 D18 D19 D20 D21
D22 D23 D24 D25 D26 D27 D28

Movie from the pictures of this array (450x450 .GIF format 761K)


Full moon

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.

Full moon 10/21/2001



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

Moon librations


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 ....


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