Sunday, February 1, 2009

"Near" the Apollo 11 Landing Site

I think the forecast for the night was better than it actually was by a long shot.  After checking the collimation I would have guessed it was 5-6/10, but looking at the focus/collimation test on Castor (great double BTW), it was a mere 4/10.  I setup to grab Venus and the moon before a longish night on Saturn.  One of my music buddies, John, suggested that the Apollo 11 landing site was in prime view and that I should try imaging it.  I did and was happy to have a fresh target even though the seeing was poor, thanks John!

First a clean image:


















Then one marked for reference:


















I actually found the google moon maps useful, have a look and see if I got it or not!
http://www.google.com/moon/#lat=0.769019&lon=22.532958&zoom=7&apollo=

Mike

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Loving husband, proud father, computer geek, astro freak, music lover, sports nut and general fun-loving guy

I think I'm the kind of person who doesn't like strong opinions.  It doesn't matter if I agree with your opinion or not, it's not factual, it never will be 100% factual and I don't care for it.  That's probably why I hate politics.

I've always loved facts, provable facts of nature and things concerning science.  

Over time, I found that most facts are mostly reference and it was the creation of and discovery of new things that intrigued me.

"A good friend once told me you are our memory
without them we equal nothing
And all I can see is the place I wanna be
Suddenly my life was so free
Leaves at my feet, blown to the ground
their echoes are reaching my ears
Nights coming fast, suns going down" - A7x