Just been doing some long awaited upgrades to the observatory, including a new PC, power and control upgrades.  Swapping over from XP to Windows 7 64 bit has had a few communication and control problems, but I think I’m there now.  Also,  I’ve swapped back over to the EQ6 mount, and, for this trial, popped on the Celestron Omni XLT 102 and used a DMK 21AU04.AS Mono camera for the pics. After a couple of hours doing final drift aligning, the moon was prominent overhead so I concentrated on crater Copernicus. First image taken at f9.8.

Copernicus_wide

Second image taken at f19.6 using an x2 barlow.

Copernicus 11-1-2014

Copernicus is a lunar impact crater named after the astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus, located in eastern Oceanus Procellarum. It is estimated to be about 800 million years old, and typifies craters that formed during the Copernican period in that it has a prominent ray system.

Thanks for looking

Steve

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