May 072010

Hi,

the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera is constantly providing us with highly remarkable lunar images. Clearly the best resolution we have ever seen from a constant lunar orbiter. Every lunatic like me should check the  dedicated website on a regular basis for absolut reference images of our satellite.

Cheers, Oliver

May 052010

Hi,

here’s another lunar image from April 23rd: Pitatus – one out of the ‘problematic’ footage. After fiddling with AS and Registax without much success I finally placed a number of alignment points in Registax5.1 manually, processed the AVI twice with different alignment regions and combined the best areas of both runs in PS. This footage seems to fool the automatic AP evaluation in AS and Registax.


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The results is not too shabby, resolution is on par with my Pitatus captured 2008 with the C9.

Pitatus is a fascinating crater with it’s lava flooded floor featuring many rills, cracks and craterlets that are a good indicator for the resolution achieved. At least as fascinating is Hesiodus A, the CC (concentric crater) at the bottom left of the image. The reason for the concentric ring formation of CCs is unknown today, it’s safe to assume they are not formed by any kind of double impact.

Cheers, Oliver