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By jondf
For those interested in astronomy - the Moon lies approximately 250,000 miles away from planet Earth. It has an orbital period of 28 days, the time it takes to go round the Earth once. It's approximately 1/6th the size of Earth which means it has 1/6th the gravity. It has no atmosphere and turns on its axis once every 28 days which means we never see the other side of it from Earth.

The picture was taken using a Panasonic LX5, hand-held up to a Russian Intes MK67 Maksutov-Cassegrain telescope using a 20mm Celestron Nexstar eyepiece.

Tags: Moon Landscape and travel

Voters: voyger1010, prabhusinha, Philip_H and 3 more


7 Mar 2012 5:06PM

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Philip_H 7 12 United Kingdom
7 Mar 2012 5:56PM
Super capture and great detail on the craters.
Ingleman 12 9 4
7 Mar 2012 7:27PM
I am interested. Your picture is superb. I have a lot of 'not cheap' kit and couldn't hope to get such a clear, sharp image. Stunning! Cheers.
jondf 13 2.8k
7 Mar 2012 8:45PM
Thanks for the interest (and votes!). What makes this shot is the telescope really. It's acting as a telephoto lens of sorts. Any point and shoot camera would have got a reasonable image but you need patience to get it right. I wrapped a finger and thumb round the camera lens then placed the palm of my hand onto the eyepiece housing to steady the camera. It was then a case of trying to get round the 'kidney bean' effect where darkness keeps obscuring the field of view due to incorrect positioning of the camera's lens in relation to the eyepiece. You can get this effect when using your eye to look through the eyepiece.

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