Copernicus Region

December 19, 2007

Uploaded 1/26/08

South is up in this image, more info below.

1290 x 960 size

 This composition was chosen such that the brilliant Copernicus crater lies near the center bottom of the frame, with the stunning pair Reinhold and Reinhold B just to the right of center, and to this pairs upper right is Lansberg, with a very prominent rounded central peak. The lunar terminator is to the right, and casts strong shadows across this region. Of special interest in this image is the collection of lunar domes appearing as low mounds in Mare Insularum, about half way to the terminator from Copernicus on the right side. A close up in high resolution with the 1.8x barlow can be seen here taken on the same night.

Processing: 250/1000 best frames, MAP 35 alignment in Registax, Regulated Van Cittert Deconvolution in PixInsight Pro, Levels and Contrast Masking In Photoshop CS3, Focus Magic Plugin.

Instrument: 12.5" f/5 prime focus Platform: Astrophysics AP1200 CCD Camera: Image Source DMK 31AU03.AS Filter: Hoya R72 Exposure: 1/100 sec 15fps Location: Payson, Arizona Elevation: 5150 ft. Sky: Seeing good, Transparency 8/10 Outside Temperature: 35F Processing: Registax, PixInsight Pro, Photoshop CS3, Focus Magic Plugin