LUNASCAN  MISSION  REPORT:   Session # 20151022 – 12 - 94  



Very good imaging of Copernicus and Tycho regions once inititial problems were resolved.

1) Images were very good at BOS but there was no signal from WWV. Battery on Sennheiser transmitter was changed to no avail. Panel Light Display on Sennheiser receiver mounted on top of LIMO was showing no signal so wiring inside the trailer was not suspected. About 45 mins into mission a bad connection with the phono plug into the DX-160 was discovered. This issue was problematic at times when the Q monitor in the MADAR room was checked before. Contacts will be cleaned before the next mission. WWV was established.

2) First time that images became degraded by a vibration noticed on the monitors. Although a firmer positioning of the turret drum should be utilized it appears that the alumaflex dew shield was probably catching the occasional light breeze and was distorting the images. Also resolved at the 45 min mark the images became exceptional at this point.

Mission was terminated earlier than planned when the target entered an obstruction to the south.

Good mission with lessons learned.

Clean contacts on phono plug for WWV
Work on turret azimuth bearing bolt storing problem.

2. EPHEMERIS:      DE421

Observatory:    +37°34' +87°32' Tz:  0h00m
Date:    2015-10-22 18:34:41
Date (TT):    2015-10-22 18:35:50
(J2000) Right Ascension:     21h41m49.96s
(J2000) Declination:    -11°16'28.2"
(Date) Right Ascension:     21h42m41.28s
(Date) Declination:    -11°11'58.8"
Distance:    371410Km
Apparent diameter:    32.17'
Colongitude:    30.4°
Phase:    65.3°
Lunation:    9.77 days
Illumination:    70.9%
Sub-solar latitude:    0.8°
Libration in Latitude:    -03°17'
Libration in Longitude:    -05°16'
Position angle:    -20.4°
Azimuth    +90°46'
Altitude    -17°03'
Rise:     20h02m
Transit:      0h48m
Set:      6h20m
Rise azimuth:    +103°16'
Transit Altitude:    +41°
Set azimuth:    +254°09'


18:34:00 Q start / no WWV carrier

18:35:34 Q Good ac trans
19:21:07 Q wwv on / good audio and video
19:59:50 EOM
18:34:00 Q aok but no wwv
19:21:00 Q wwv on

CABCAM good but  no wwv

00:01:35 el - target acq / no wwv
00:02:32 great copernicus
00:05:30 el ac trans
00:39:17 el improving conditions / great copernicus
00:45:00 el awesome copernicus / cap21
00:46:46 el wwv on
00:47:30 el = 0h20m cut
00:54:25 el great tycho
cap 23
01:25:00 eom





VHS1 on LIMA 2 (Quad)
VHS2 on LIMA 2 (VMA/LPI Cam on Quad Cam 3 position)
VHS3 on LIMA 2 (CabCam, color, Quad Camera 2 position)

VHS 4 on LIMA 2 Skycam (B Cam on Cam position toggle)

DVR1 on LIMA 2 (Q Sel)
DVR2 on LIMA 1 [default] (SSI Camera, Quad Cam 4 position)


All camera outputs to Quad SAMSUNG SCQ-041P
Camera 1   B-Cam - (SC-NVA5), wide angle & A-Cam (SC-NVA5) 9x50 #51611 Celestron finder w/crosshairs)
                    Y=video   R=power
Camera 2    CabCam  cam 1 (color, SC-NVA5 to Quad), cam 2 (Sony CL-34S-2T, night vision, security, to Lab via RG59)      
Camera 3    VMA graphics/LPI not used
Camera 4:   SSI/C-8. .

PC1 System
Dell  Intel Pentium 4 processor
2 Gigahertz, 256 meg RAM
C Drive, 40 GB
D Drive, 111 GB
Digital to Analog Converter 2: TEP-100 Elite Pro II 
Aperture video recorder DVR2
No graphics used
Feeding Quad Cam Position 4                                           

PC2 System

HP dc5000MT Pentium 4
2.8 GHz, 512 MB RAM, 40 GB hard drive
Microsoft Windows XP Professional
Digital to Analog Converter 1; TEP-100 Elite Pro II

VIRTUAL MOON ATLAS graphics left
Feeding Quad Cam Position 3

Camera 1
Celestron Neximage Solar System Imager
SSI or A camera = 2032/5=400x
No Barlow or focal reducer used
delivers simrange of 600 mi and FOV of 400 miles
CCD sensor (Charge Coupled Device)
Type HAD (1/4")
OPTICS, prime focus 5 mm
Active area 3.6mm x 2.7 (4.5 mm diagonal)
Pixel size 5.6 micron, square
VGA resolution (640x480) color ¼” CCD chip
Maximum usable framerate @ 640x480
(uncompressed): 30 fps
#11 yellow written filter
Compression 1420
?-Bit on-chip A/D converter
3 MP
Sensitivity <1 lux
ACOMP Computer

Camera 2
LPI or B camera = 2032/6=340x
CMOS sensor by Hynix ~310kPix, (Bayer matrix), Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor Semiconductor Inc.
Meade Lunar Planetary Imager
Type HV7131E1 (1/3")
OPTICS, prime focus. 6 mm.
Active area 5.18x3.90 mm (6.5 mm diagonal)
Pixel size 8.0 micron, square
VGA resolution (640x480) color
Max usable framerate @ 640x480
(uncompressed): 36 fps
Compression 1420
8-Bit on-chip A/D converter
1.3 MP
Sensitivity <?lux
BCOMP Computer
Compaq Presario sr1218nx XP Home
2.67 GHZ processor, 760 mb RAM,
C Drive 80 GB hard drive

Celestron C-8 SCT 8” optical tube
2032 mm f/l
Resolution at lunar range = 0.68 /
.81086 mi or 4281.36469 feet
(30.19' X 60 = 1811.4" /.68' resol = factor of 2663.82353
2160 miles / 2663.82353 = .81086 mi resolution)0.621 mi/km
1 m = 3.28 ‘

(X)  SSI in scope back            
(   ) Diagonal and (   )  binoc viewer. Extended hand control DOB Driver II