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Northern Lunar Pole, Seas of Cold, Serenity, and Tranquility - Landolt Telescope by Briar Richard

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This is the second in a series of lunar captures through LSU’s Landolt Telescope.

The smooth patch of mare in shadow just below the Northern Pole is the Alpine Valley, which leads eastward (right) into the highest-latitude region of lunar basalts, the Sea of Cold. Just to the south, two large craters, Aristotle (top) and Eudoxus, blemish the landscape vertically . To their west, (left) the Alps Mountains follow downward along the day/night line, or terminator.

Moving southward along the terminator leads to the Caucasus Mountains that border the upper rim of the Sea of Serenity. The range casts long shadows westward into the the Sea of Rains, which is almost entirely in shadow.

Continuing down along the terminator, the Aristillus and Autolycus craters are in half-shadow. Just below them, the Apennine Mountains emerge from the terminator and border the western edge of the Sea of Serinity.

I interfaced my Nikon D90 with the scope using a 2" T-adapter, and took this 1/60 second exposure at ISO 400.

The observable Universe sprang into existence 13.7 billion years ago, and has evolved to observe itself. In my opinion, there’s no greater event to consider. I enjoy astronomy, photography, and time with my wife and little boy. While capturing and editing photos, I jam to The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Air Supply, LMFAO, The Foo Fighters, REM, Barry Manilow, Dr. Dre, Snoop, Duran Duran, Weezer, The Flaming Lips, U2, Boyz to Men, Pearl Jam, Peter Gabriel, Queen, Color Me Badd, and The Beach Boys.

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  • Barbara Burkhardt
    Barbara Burkhardtabout 4 years ago

    Whaooo UNBELIEVABLE!!! …we get a total eclipse here in a couple of hours … need your equipment!!! Quick .. B-)

  • Thanks, Barbara! I’d have loved to have the Landolt at my disposal for last night’s eclipse!!!

    – Briar Richard

  • Gayle Dolinger
    Gayle Dolingerabout 4 years ago

    No way! How fantastic is this!!

  • Thanks, Gayle!

    – Briar Richard

  • RoseMarie747
    RoseMarie747about 4 years ago

    You got my attention…can anyone do this?

  • Absolutely, RoseMarie. Just need the right equipment, some trial and error time, and make sure the Moon is as close to directly above you as possible. I spent several nights in my own backyard shooting w/ my 10" catadioptric telescope before having a crack at the Landolt and HRPO’s 20" OGS.

    If you get access to a telescope, please let me know. I’ll try to help you cut out as much trial time as possible. : )

    – Briar Richard

  • MaxSteinwald
    MaxSteinwaldabout 4 years ago

    This is stunning!! Excellent work !!!

  • Thank you kindly, Max!

    – Briar Richard

  • Larry  Grayam
    Larry Grayamabout 4 years ago


  • Wow! I’m honored to the utmost, Larry. Thanks!

    – Briar Richard

  • g8tway
    g8twayabout 4 years ago

    Good shot

  • Thanks, Tim!

    – Briar Richard

  • shaun-e
    shaun-ealmost 4 years ago

    absolutely brilliant shot

  • Thanks, Shaun! I’m also partial to low light photography. There’s something very special about teasing light and color out of the darkness.

    – Briar Richard

  • Mark Wade
    Mark Wadealmost 4 years ago

    these are soo cool…beauty!

  • Thanks, Mark!

    – Briar Richard

  • rocamiadesign
    rocamiadesignalmost 4 years ago

    Excellent shot!

  • Thank you!

    – Briar Richard

  • Michael Treloar
    Michael Treloaralmost 4 years ago

    Excellent work. I love the shadows in the craters.

  • Thanks, Michael. Glad you like the pic. I teased out the shadows with Adobe Lightroom’s ‘Fill Light’ feature.

    – Briar Richard

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