The Moon last night
The gibbous Moon on 10 September 2008, images Nick Lomb
Here are a few pictures of the gibbous Moon from last evening 10 September 2008. They were taken through through Sydney Observatory’s 40-cm Meade mirror telescope using afocal photography. That is, a little Pentax digital camera was hand-held up to the eyepiece and a picture snapped. The Moon is the easiest astronomical object to photograph and good results can be achieved. Not fully, on this occasion though, as the images are not quite as sharp as they should be. Whether this was because the focus on the telescope was not at infinity or because the exposures were hand-held or because there was a thin haze in front of the Moon or a combination of all three, I am unsure.
Hopefully, a lunar expert (Hello Harry) will identify the lunar features that can be seen on the images, especially the large crater that spectacularly is partly in shadow.