North is left in this image, more info below.
Object Key on Left
While the seeing was particularly poor on this evening, it gave
me an opportunity to hone my processing skills on the lunar details.
As sub optimal as it was, this is the first image I have ever done
that reveals many of the small craters as conical shaped pits with
dark flat bottoms. The crater inside Hercules is one example, another
is inside and just above Posidonius. All other lunar close ups I have
ever taken show small craters as mere circles or rings. Processing
Lunar images to give that certain look of a scene from a Lunar Orbiter
is very difficult, and its going to take me a lot of patience to learn the
craft. But I'll keep trying...
images were MAP processed in Registax with 52 alignment points.
The resulting image was deconvolved in PixInsight with Regulated
Van Cittert Deconvolution, contrast Layer Masked in Photoshop
CS3 to eliminate white clipping, then deconvolved with the Focus
Magic plug in.
Instrument: 12.5" f/5 with 1.5x Barlow
Platform: Astrophysics AP1200
CCD Camera: Image Source DMK 31AU03.AS
Exposure: 1/15 sec 15fps
Location: Payson, Arizona
Elevation: 5150 ft.
Sky: Seeing Poor , Transparency 8/10
Outside Temperature: 45F
Processing: Registax, PixInsight Pro, Photoshop CS3, Focus Magic Plugin