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April 18, 2005 - This photo was taken with my Canon EOS 10-D camera at the prime focus of the Meade 12" LX200GPS along with the Meade f/6.3 focal reducer. Exposure is at 1/60 second at ISO 100. Photo processed for contrast and enhanced sharpness with Adobe Photoshop Essentials. This is the highest quality picture I have taken of the Moon!

December 17, 2004 - This photo was taken with my Canon EOS 10-D camera at the prime focusof the Meade 12" LX200GPS along with the Meade f/6.3 focal reducer. Exposure is at 1/100 second at ISO 100. Photo processed for contrast and enhanced sharpness with Microsoft Photo Editor.

 

 

TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE MOON
October 27, 2004

Meade 12", Minolta Dimage 7Hi afocal with 40mm
ScopeTronix MaxView II eyepiece

 

 

February 28, 2004 - This photo shows the region of crater Archimedes, Autolycus, Aristillus.  The mountainous ridge toward the bottom of the picture is the Apennines.  The flat terrain above this ridge is Mare Imbrium. February 28, 2004 - The ridge at the top of this picture is The mountainous Apennines. Mare Vaporum. Notice the cleft at the bottom right corner of this picture.  This is the Hyginus Cleft.

February 28, 2004 - This is the region of Mare Foecunditatis.  Notice the comet-like ray features emanating from the twin craters Messier & W. H. Pickering. February 28, 2004 - The ridge at the upper left is the Alpine Valley which is roughly 83 miles long and 3 to six miles wide.while the large craters at the top right are  50 mile wide Aristotle and 35 mile wide Eudoxus. Below them to the left are the Caucasus Mountains.

February 28, 2004 - This picture shows the Hyginus Cleft in the center.  Just to give you an idea of size, the crater just below center and to the left of Hyginus Cleft is 14 mile wide Triesnecker. The tiniest craters visible on these photographs are about a mile wide. February 28, 2004 -  The large craters in the center of this picture are from top to bottom: Ptolemaeus, Alphonsus, and Arzachel.  Also notice at bottom left.  This is the Straight Wall. It is a formation about 60 miles long and 800 foot high steep cliff.

 

2005 Apparition of Mars

Physical Data Obtained from CalSKY's website.

July 10, 2005

Diameter: 9.85"
Visual magnitude: -0.2 mag,
Surface Brightness: 4.3 mag/arcsec^2
Phase: 0.839

Meade 12" at f/20 with LPI

September 3, 2005

Diameter: 14.39"
Visual magnitude: -1.1 mag,
Surface Brightness: 4.3 mag/arcsec^2
Phase: 0.874

Meade 12" at f/20 with LPI

September 11, 2005

Diameter: 15.32"
Visual magnitude: -1.2 mag,
Surface Brightness: 4.3 mag/arcsec^2
Phase: 0.887

Meade 12" at f/20 with LPI

September 21, 2005

Diameter: 16.56"
Visual magnitude: -1.4 mag,
Surface Brightness: 4.3 mag/arcsec^2
Phase: 0.908

Meade 12" at f/30 with ToUCam Pro

October 5, 2005

Diameter: 18.34"
Visual magnitude: -1.8 mag,
Surface Brightness: 4.2 mag/arcsec^2
Phase: 0.943

Meade 12" at f/30 with LPI

October 6, 2005

Diameter: 18.46"
Visual magnitude: -1.8 mag,
Surface Brightness: 4.2 mag/arcsec^2
Phase: 0.946

Meade 12" at f/30 with ToUCam Pro

October 14, 2005

Diameter: 19.33"
Visual magnitude: -2.0 mag,
Surface Brightness: 4.2 mag/arcsec^2
Phase: 0.966

Meade 12" at f/30 with ToUCam Pro

October 19, 2005

Diameter: 19.75"
Visual magnitude: -2.1 mag,
Surface Brightness: 4.1 mag/arcsec^2
Phase: 0.978

Meade 12" at f/30 with ToUCam Pro 

October 29, 2005

Diameter: 20.17"
Visual magnitude: -2.2 mag,
Surface Brightness: 4.0 mag/arcsec^2
Phase: 0.995

Meade 12" at f/30 with ToUCam Pro 

November 4, 2005

Diameter: 20.07"
Visual magnitude: -2.3 mag,
Surface Brightness: 3.9 mag/arcsec^2
Phase: 0.999

Meade 12" at f/30 with ToUCam Pro

November 5, 2005 1:03 am EST

Diameter: 20.03"
Visual magnitude: -2.3 mag,
Surface Brightness: 3.9 mag/arcsec^2
Phase: 1.000

Meade 12" at f/30 with ToUCam Pro Sharpest image ever captured to date!

November 11, 2005 10:58pm EST

Diameter: 19.53"
Visual magnitude: -2.2 mag,
Surface Brightness: 4.0 mag/arcsec^2
Phase: 0.999

Meade 12" at f/30 with ToUCam Pro

November 19, 2005 8:32pm EST

Diameter: 18.60"
Visual magnitude: -2.0 mag,
Surface Brightness: 4.1 mag/arcsec^2
Phase: 0.990

Meade 12" at f/30 with ToUCam Pro

November 20, 2005 8:18pm EST

Diameter: 18.46"
Visual magnitude: -2.0 mag,
Surface Brightness: 4.1 mag/arcsec^2
Phase: 0.989

Meade 12" at f/30 with ToUCam Pro

December 7, 2005 8:40pm EST

Diameter: 15.73"
Visual magnitude: -1.4 mag,
Surface Brightness: 4.3 mag/arcsec^2
Phase: 0.958

Meade 12" at f/30 with ToUCam Pro

December 13, 2005 7:48pm EST

Diameter: 14.75"
Visual magnitude: -1.2 mag,
Surface Brightness: 4.3 mag/arcsec^2
Phase: 0.946

Meade 12" at f/30 with ToUCam Pro

December 17, 2005 9:48pm EST

Diameter: 14.09"
Visual magnitude: -1.0 mag,
Surface Brightness: 4.4 mag/arcsec^2
Phase: 0.938

Meade 12" at f/30 with ToUCam Pro

December 17, 2005 9:48pm EST

Diameter: 10.61"
Visual magnitude: -0.3 mag,
Surface Brightness: 4.5 mag/arcsec^2
Phase: 0.904

Meade 12" at f/30 with ToUCam Pro

 

JUPITER - May 4, 2005

Meade 12" LX200 GPS
e.f.l. f/20 (2x Barlow)
Meade LPI Imaging Camera

JUPITER - September 20, 2010

Meade 16" LX200 GPS-SMT
f/20 (2x Barlow)
DMK 21AU04.AS
Camera 

SATURN - January 21, 2006

Meade 12" LX200 GPS
e.f.l. f/30 (3x Barlow)
TouCam Pro
Camera

URANUS -  July 10, 2005

Meade 12" LX200 GPS
e
.f.l. f/20 (2x Barlow)
Meade LPI Imaging Camera

NEPTUNE - September 3, 2005

Meade 12" F/10 LX200 GPS
Canon EOS 10D at ISO 1600.

PLUTO - September 3 and 4, 2005

Meade 12" F/10 LX200 GPS
Canon EOS 10D at ISO 1600.

 



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