The brief answer is just to the right of the “peninsula” pointing downwards at upper centre in my shot above. More precisely, it can be seen in this screen shot below, which shows the much enlarged “peninsula” on the left and Apollo 11 location at dead centre.
When Apollo 11 landed in the Sea of Tranquility on 21st July 1969 (20th, US time) the Moon was a waxing 6.0 day crescent, 36% illuminated.
Earlier this month, I took the following image with my wide field astro-camera of a waxing 6.2 day old Moon, 38% illuminated, to show an approximation of how the Moon looked at the time of the lunar landing:
The big feature image (top of page) and the three images below were each taken on the following night, with a narrow field astro-camera, when the Moon was 7.3 days old and 49.5% illuminated. The Apollo landing site location is visible in the feature image and the first shot below:
The next two images are totally irrelevant but I thought I would include them because I set the rules here……
There have been a lot of tv programmes about the Moon landing recently – and a lot of stuff on social media too. I’m off to a Macarthur Astronomical Society all-day function on Sunday 21st July with seven NASA scientists and a showing of “The Dish” to coincide with the time precisely fifty years after the first boot on the Moon.
After all that, I will have had enough of Apollo to last me another fifty years.
Image acquisition software: SharpCap.
Image post-processing: SharpCap PIPP Autostakkert GIMP .
|Telescope:||SkyWatcher Esprit||Type:||120ED triplet refractor|
|Focal:||840 mm F/7||Mount:||SkyWatcher EQ6-R Pro|
|Cam 1 (wide)
Cam 2 (narrow)
|ZWO ASI 071 MC Pro
ZWO ASI 290 MC
|Type:||CMOS 28.4mm 16 Mpx
CMOS 6.46mm 2.13 Mpx
Image © Roger Powell