Here are my Moon shots from the evening of April 1st.
(No April fool rubbish,Honest.)
I think it was the best conditions I have had so far to view the Moon,and this time I left my scope outside for an hour to let it acclimate to the
outdoor temperature-that is supposed to help reduce image distortion,and is something I should have been doing from the start.
My favorite part starts at 3minutes20seconds,when Copernicus comes into view from the lower left corner.
I know,I still messed up some edits with wobbles,but I think its my best attempt so far.
Anyway all this has started me wondering about the central peaks you can see in so many moon craters.
Are they the remnants of the meteor responsible for the crater,or something else?
Well here is my screen grab of Copernicus and Eratosthenes,
and according to wikipedia,knowledge on the central peaks in Copernicus goes like this :
The central peaks consist of three isolated mountainous rises climbing as high as 1.2 km above the floor. These peaks are separated from
each other by valleys, and they form a rough line along an east-west axis. Infrared observations of these peaks during the 1980s determined that they
were primarily composed of the mafic form of olivine.
Mafic means a silicate based material,which is rich in Iron and Magnesium
So is that the part of a meteor which survived impact?
And is it worth mining?
It looks like it could be-I found this:
A worldwide search is on for cheap processes to sequester CO2 by mineral reactions.
Removal by reactions with olivine is an attractive option, because it is widely available and reacts easily with the (acid) CO2 from the
When olivine is crushed, it weathers completely within a few years, depending on the grain size. All the CO2 that is produced by burning 1 liter of oil can be sequestered by less than 1 liter of olivine. The reaction is exothermic but
In order to recover the heat produced by the reaction to produce electricity, a large volume of olivine must be thermally well-isolated. The
end-products of the reaction are silicon dioxide, magnesium carbonate and small amounts of iron oxide.
Thank you,I am just a beginner with using the telescope/camera combo and I really appreciate your words.
I must do better though,with editing and focusing.
My bro was instrumental in helping me with the latest vid-He was watching live through the laptop,and giving me focus/ISO/brightness/contrast
That helped a lot,but we shall aim to do better as we learn.
Thank you TMBS
I do appreciate the words.
Its not an easy job,and my local weather makes it even harder.
I am lucky to sneak a half hour of clarity per week.
And even then I usually miss the moment because of the necessary work/sleep ratio.
Any way to get a mobile set up that would be able to produce this type of clarity? I travel a lot to unpopulated areas that would make great viewing
locations. I would love to get into the hobby but could use some tips if this would even be possible.
You could easily get such a mobile setup-my whole kit is is less than 28KG,and small enough to fit in any car for transport.
All can fit on the back seat of any car,or can be carried up a mountain on one mans back if needed.
A second person makes it easier though.
someone needs to zoom in on that crater and clean up the image , ive just checked it out up close , and the little round thing in the middle looks
metalic , theres something on the edge of the crater too, in the shadow.
High altitudes and clear skies are something I dream of,but cannot attain.
If you have both,then half the job has been done for you by nature,and you could achieve incredible images with a bit of practice.
Nice Video! Really Good Stuff. Anyone notice the 'Tower' with Round Dish on it? Comes onscreen around 1:05. Looks tall, as a nice shadow is cast
from it. Maybe a small building under it too? Hmmm.....
Also, google "mineral rights on the moon" Some interesting results. I see someone authored a thread here at ATS on this too. Haven't read it
yet.(goes on my to-do list)
Nice Captures! Thanx for the Share. Later, Syx.
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