July 21, 2014
A New One
image by Russell Bateman, Leitches Creek, Nova Scotia, Canada
I like this image for two reasons. First, it was taken by a new contributor to LPOD, which is always a happy occurrence. And secondly, the image was acquired with inexpensive, entry-level equipment. When I was first interested in the Moon, images this good could only rarely be taken by amateurs, and really good photographs only came from large telescopes like the Lick 36", McDonald 82", and once the Lick 120". But as we have seen with previous iPhone images and ones from other inexpensive telescopes, good results like this allow personal discoveries, annotation of nomenclature, and feeling of pride that leads to noticeable improvements. I especially encourage personal discovery - looking closely at Copernicus, for example, to recognize its elevated rim, flat floor, not quite central peaks, and strong rays. Once this basic structure of medium to large craters is understood, then differences can be noticed with smaller or older craters, leading to speculations about the processes that form and modify craters. So I welcome Russell to LPOD, and hope that he will continue his lunar studies, while reading some of the previous 3,000 plus LPODs and the books illustrated at bottom right.
Comment: I just noticed this text is a little derivative! See this LPOD. Maybe I've run out of fresh things to say...
July 19, 2014. Nexstar 5 SE and Neximage 5 camera @3.1mp with post processing in GiMP 2.8
21st Century Atlas charts 17 & 18.
Russell's Twitter page and Google + page with 2 million views!
Yesterday's LPOD: One of the Billions of Memories
Tomorrow's LPOD: Meteoroids Hitting Earth and Moon