image by Geoff Mitchell
I promised myself that I wouldn’t do it again. But like an addict who can’t stop I have used another image of Copernicus for LPOD. But can you blame me? This is such a classically evocative, even painterly, view of the Moon’s most imaged feature that I had to do it. Compare this image with the sketch that is the frontispiece of Edmund Neison’s The Moon (1876) to see what I mean. The reason Geoff’s image feels like a painting is the smoothness of tone on the rim terraces and the near ejecta. And the swath of brightness of the inner rim is like a visual impression painted on rather than a mere CCD capture of photons. Finally, the rapid fading toward the sunset terminator conveys the drama of a rapidly passing illumination that will soon change. How lucky we are that Geoff was there.
19 July 206. 9.75″ f/6.3 newtonian + Atik 1 HS11 + x3 barlow + IR filter; 90/1000 frames
Rükl sheet 31
Yesterday's LPOD: Apollo 11 + 37 Years
Tomorrow's LPOD: Swept Away