The moon mapping project which began in May of 2008 has slowly evolved into a full blown moon mapping project. The project was not initially by choice as it was in out of frustration of not being able to do my first love " deep sky astronomy". As a deep sky observer I found the moon to be a nuisance as it washed out any potential observation of any deep sky objects due for the need of extremely dark skies. So, with the moon going through it phases meant many nights of not being able to go out and fulfill my passion of deep sky astronomy. This is where it all began…could I find something of interest in an object that is in the sky for days at a time. This is how the project came about. The funny thing is that after a few weeks of spending time with observing the moon and becoming reacquainted with it, I found it to be really a great object to observe.
The project is using a 16 inch scope to generate detailed photographs of the moon’s surface. These images will show the many different lunar surface features such as, craters, mare, mountains, valleys, etc, and the impacts from a variety of space debris. Just as on the earth, many of the features seen on the moon are somewhat similar to our own terrestrial geography. This project is an educational endeavor for me and for those who may want to share or experience the images/video and information that I post on this site, but also on other web sites such as You Tube. View Moon Mapping Video. By the way, there are many more images than the ones currently shown...in time many more will be posted.
Lick Observatory Reference Map of the Moon