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Shortly after Full Moon: At or close to full moon visual observation is difficult due to the high brightness and low contrast. Here digital photography shows its strength: Details are well visible, something hardly possible in visual observation.

This image showing the moon at an age of 16.9 days gives a good overview of all the main features of our moon: dark-grey maria, ridges and valleys and of course hundreds of impact craters.

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Object Shortly After Full Moon
Category Sun, Moon, Planets
Designation Moon
Constellation Virgo
Optics Meade LX 200 GPS 10 inch f/10
Mount Astro-Physics 900 GTO
Camera SBIG STL 11000M with internal CFW 5
Exposure 1 x 1/1000 sec (1x1 bin) LRGB each, Astrodon True Balance filterset. Maxim DL for image acquisition
Calibration Dark+Bias Frame
Guiding No
Processing Maxim DL5, Photoshop. Color Code LRGB
Location-Date Somerset West, South Africa - 14 Mar 2009
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