Clavius by Roger Venne
Despite being the brightest and most conspicuous object in the night sky, the Moon is featured in only a small percentage of Photo of the Week submissions. Why is that? Is the Moon passé? Is it regarded as being too easy to photograph? Or perhaps the opposite is true. Obtaining high-resolution images of the lunar surface is actually quite difficult. This fine shot of the 245-kilometre-wide crater Clavius is noteworthy because it’s so richly detailed. A lunar image of such high quality requires the right equipment, steady seeing conditions, and an aptitude for image processing–a combination not every aspiring night-sky photographer possesses.
This Clavius portrait was captured by Roger Venne at his Orion Observatory in Frontenac, Quebec. Roger used a Celestron EDGEHD 14, 14-inch Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope and a Point Grey Flea3 monochrome CCD camera to acquire the image data.
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