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Year 2006 images

mare imbrium
MARE IMBRIUM (SEA OF SHOWERS)

Just right of centre in the image is the crater Plato. At the bottom centre of the image is the crater Archimedes.

04 October 2006 21:01UT
Telescope: Skywatcher Pro Mak' Cassegrain
Aperture: 150mm, Focal length: 1800mm f12
Eyepiece: 26mm plossl, Afocal projection
Mount: Motor driven equatorial
Camera:Nikon Coolpix 4500
Exposure: 1/30 sec at F5.1, Focal length [mm]: 32, 35mm focal length [mm]: 154, ISO: 100
Photo: John Downing Location: Solihull UK 
mare nubium -sea of clouds  MARE NUBIUM (SEA OF CLOUDS)

The large crater at the bottom right of the image is Tycho.
 
04 October 2006 21:07UT

Telescope: Skywatcher Pro Mak' Cassegrain Aperture: 150mm,  Focal length: 1800mm f12,  Eyepiece: 26mm plossl,  Projection: Afocal,  Mount: Motor driven equatorial,   Camera:Nikon Coolpix 4500,  Exposure time [s]: 1/125,  F-Number: 3.9,  Focal length [mm]: 20.2, 
35mm focal length [mm]: 97,  ISO value:  100

Photo: John Downing Location: Solihull UK
oceanus procellarum - sea of storms
OCEANUS PROCELLARUM
(OCEAN OF STORMS) 

04 October 2006 21:04UT
 
Telescope: Skywatcher Pro Mak' Cassegrain Aperture: 150mm,  Focal length: 1800mm f12,  Eyepiece: 26mm plossl,  Projection: Afocal,  Mount: Motor driven equatorial,   Camera: Nikon Coolpix 4500,  Exposure time [s]: 1/30,  F-Number: F5.1,  Focal length [mm]: 32,
35mm, focal length [mm]: 154 ISO value: 100 

Photo: John Downing Location: Solihull UK
mare imbrium
MARE IMBRIUM
(SEA OF SHOWERS)

Just right of centre is the crater Plato.

04 October 2006 21:03UT

Telescope: Skywatcher Pro Mak' Cassegrain Aperture: 150mm, Focal length: 1800mm f12, Eyepiece: 26mm plossl Projection: Afocal Mount: Motor driven equatorial Camera:Nikon Coolpix 4500
Exposure: 1/30s @ F5.1
Focal length [mm]: 32,
35mm focal length [mm]: 154,
 ISO value: 100,  White balance: Auto

Photo: John Downing Location: Solihull UK 
mare sereninatis - sea of serenity
MARE SERENITATIS
(SEA OF SERENITY)

04 October 2006 21:02UT

Telescope: Skywatcher Pro Mak' Cassegrain Aperture: 150mm, Focal length: 1800mm f12, Eyepiece: 26mm plossl, Projection: Afocal, Mount: Motor driven equatorial Camera:Nikon Coolpix 4500, Exposure time [s]: 1/30, F-Number: F5.1 Focal length [mm]: 32 35mm focal length [mm]: 154 ISO value: 100 White balance: Auto,   Image:Processed with Registax and Photoshop levels and some unsharp masking.

Photo: John Downing Location: Solihull UK
 
mare nubium
MARE NUBIUM (SEA OF CLOUDS)

04 October 2006 21:01UT

Telescope: Skywatcher Pro Mak' Cassegrain, Aperture: 150mm, Focal length: 1800mm f12, Eyepiece: 26mm plossl, Projection: Afocal, Mount: Motor driven equatorial,  Camera:Nikon Coolpix 4500, Exposure time [s]: 1/30, F-Number: F5.1 Focal length [mm]: 32 35mm focal length [mm]: 154 ISO value: 100, White balance: Auto,  Image:Processed with Registax and Photoshop levels and some unsharp masking.

 Photo: John Downing 
tycho
TYCHO

Tycho is the large crater seen near the centre of the photo.
04 October 2006 20:59UT

Telescope: Skywatcher Pro Mak' Cassegrain Aperture: 150mm, Focal length: 1800mm f12, Eyepiece: 26mm plossl, Projection: Afocal, Mount: Motor driven equatorial,  Camera:Nikon Coolpix 4500, Exposure : 1/60s @ F5.1, Focal length [mm]: 32, 35mm focal length [mm]: 154, ISO value: 100, White balance: Auto

Image:Processed with Registax and Photoshop-levels and some unsharp masking 

Photo: John Downing
schickard crater on the moon
SCHICKARD CRATER ON THE MOON

Schickard is a walled plain and is the large circular formation on the left hand edge of the moon.

 04 October 2006 20:58UT

Telescope: Skywatcher Pro Mak' Cassegrain Aperture: 150mm, Focal length: 1800mm f12 Eyepiece: 26mm plossl, Projection: Afocal, Mount: Motor driven equatorial,  Camera:Nikon Coolpix 4500, Exposure time 1/30s @ F5.1 Focal length [mm]: 32, 35mm focal length [mm]: 154 ISO value: 100 White balance: Auto

Photo: John Downing Location: Solihull UK
 
waxing gibbous moon
WAXING GIBBOUS MOON

04 October 2006 20:53UT

Telescope: Skywatcher Pro Mak' Cassegrain

Focal length: 1800mm f12, Eyepiece: 25mm plossl, Projection: Afocal, Mount: Motor driven equatorial,  
Camera:Nikon Coolpix 4500, Exposure: 1/1000s @ F2.6, ISO value: 100

Image:Processed with Registax and Photoshop levels and some unsharp masking

Photo: John Downing Location: Solihull UK
solar prominence
SOLAR PROMINENCE

26 September 2006 09:18UT

Telescope: Coronado Personal Solar Telescope

Aperture: 40mm, Focal length: 400mm f10 Eyepiece: 26mm plossl Projection: Afocal Mount: Equatorial
Camera:Nikon Coolpix 4500 Exposure time [s]: 1/60 F-Number: F10.3 Focal length [mm]: 32 35mm focal length [mm]: 154 ISO value: 100 White balance: Auto

Image:Processed with Photoshop levels and some unsharp masking

Photo: John Downing Location: Solihull UK
 
solar prominence
SOLAR PROMINENCE

26 May 2006 17:42UT

Telescope: Coronado Personal Solar Telescope 

Aperture: 40mm, Focal length: 400mm f10, Eyepiece: 26mm plossl, Projection: Afocal Mount: Equatorial,
Camera:Nikon Coolpix 4500, Exposure: 1/60s @ F5.1, Focal length [mm]: 32, 35mm focal length [mm]: 154, ISO value: 100, White balance: Auto

Image:Processed with Photoshop levels and some unsharp masking 

Photo: John Downing Location: Solihull UK
 
solar sunspot
SOLAR SUNSPOT

This image shows a sunspot in the upper center of the disc. Also visible are some Plages and Filaments.

10 September 2006 10:42UT

Telescope: Coronado Personal Solar Telescope, Aperture: 40mm, Focal length: 400mm f10, Eyepiece: 26mm plossl, Projection: Afocal, Mount: Equatorial,  Camera:Nikon Coolpix 4500, Exposure: 1/2000s @ F10.3, Focal length [mm]: 32, 35mm focal length [mm]: 154, ISO value: 100, White balance: Auto,  Image:Processed with Photoshop levels and some unsharp masking.
Photo: John Downing Location: Solihull UK
solar disc and prominences
SOLAR DISC AND PROMINENCES

31 May 2006 12:51UT

Telescope: Coronado Personal Solar Telescope,

Aperture: 40mm, Focal length: 400mm f10, Eyepiece: 26mm plossl, Projection: Afocal, Mount: Equatorial
Camera:Nikon Coolpix 4500

Composite image, processed with Photoshop levels and some unsharp masking

Photo: John Downing Location: Solihull UK
jupiter
JUPITER

My best attempt so far!
11 May 2006 22:15UT,
Telescope: Skywatcher Pro Mak' Cassegrain, Aperture: 150mm, Focal length: 1800mm f12, Eyepiece: 25mm plossl, Projection: Afocal, Mount: Motor driven equatorial,  Camera:Nikon Coolpix 4500, Exposure: 1/4s @ F4.8, Focal length [mm]: 28.8, ISO 100, White balance: Auto

Photo: John Downing Location: Solihull UK
saturn
SATURN

My best effort to date!
21 April 2006 21:25UT,
Telescope: Skywatcher Pro Mak' Cassegrain, Aperture: 150mm, Focal length: 1800mm f12, Eyepiece: 25mm plossl, Projection: Afocal, Mount: Motor driven equatorial, Camera:Nikon Coolpix 4500, Exposure: 1/2c @ F4.8, Focal length [mm]: 29.5, ISO 400
A composite image from about 100 frames.Processed with Registax and Photoshop levels and some unsharp masking.
Photo: John Downing Location: Solihull UK

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