Jura Mountains Sunrise

December 19, 2007

Uploaded 1/26/08

South is up in this image, more info below.

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 On a night with better seeing, a series of images with the 1.8x barlow yielded some fine details along the terminator. This scene was truly inspiring to me, a huge circular chain of mountains surrounding Sinus Iridum - the Jura Mountains (Montes Jura) with 18,000 foot cliffs jutting into the sunrise. The large sea to the upper left of this image is the huge Mare Imbrium, with two isolated craters Le Verrier and Helicon in the frozen lava sea. The elongated sea to the lower left is Mare Frigoris, and the isolated chain of mountains just to the left of Sinus Iridum is Montes Recti, a 55 mile long chain protruding 5500 feet above the floor of Imbrium.

Processing: 300/1000 best frames, MAP 50 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 with 1.8x Barlow Platform: Astrophysics AP1200 CCD Camera: Image Source DMK 31AU03.AS Filter: Hoya R72 Exposure: 1/60 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