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Apollo 16 magazine AS16-123

As far as we am aware, magazine AS16-123 has not been scanned in high resolution like most Apollo era photos. This is a shame, because the UVC is still the only telescope on an other heavenly body.

Like other Apollo magazines not online, or only in low resolution, it is a hole in space history.

And to make matters worse, only a few scans are readily available.
Here are the images we have found online so far:

http://www3.telus.net/summa/faruv/
https://spaceflight.nasa.gov/gallery/images/apollo/apollo16/hires/s72-40821.jpg
http://www.masaakix.interlink.or.jp/apollo/d_apollo/apollo-16/ap16-exp-uv2.htm
https://science.ksc.nasa.gov/mirrors/images/images/pao/AS16/10075873.jpg
https://science.ksc.nasa.gov/mirrors/images/images/pao/AS16/10075874.jpg
https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=mdp.39015059991854

As you can see, most of these images appear to be low resolution scans of later generation copies and prints.

So we decided to take matters into our own hands and ask NASA for the images:
http://nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov/nmc/datasetDisplay.do?id=ASUV-00017

We received the images.... and what we got were completely non-standard files not readable by normal image software. They appear to be raw bit streams taken from the tape. Luckily, information on how they were scanned and saved is available.

The Revised S201 catalog of far-ultraviolet objects has every image and inspects it in detail. A great source of information.
https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=mdp.39015059991854
(If you are a partner of babel, please download the entire document and send it to us!)

After messing around with the files we received from NASA, we  slowly but surely began to get recognizable images.
We continued to tweak them, until we finally got acceptable results. Since these are uncompressed scans of first generation negatives, they are of much higher resolution and dynamic range than many images on the internet.

We proudly present the files unconverted and converted to standard JPGs. This set includes UVC images taken on Apollo 16 and SkyLab.

Apollo 16
Skylab

If you come up with anything interesting, please share it with us!

Sincerely,
apollo16uvc
« Last Edit: April 23, 2017, 08:59:02 AM by LunarOrbit »
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Re: AS16-123 (Far Ultraviolet Camera/Spectroscope photos) (Experiment S201)
« Reply #1 on: January 29, 2017, 05:49:23 PM »
Great stuff thanks :)

Some time ago I had a play with the UV images at the same sources you found:

http://onebigmonkey.com/apollo/stars/ap16uv.html


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Re: AS16-123 (Far Ultraviolet Camera/Spectroscope photos) (Experiment S201)
« Reply #2 on: January 29, 2017, 06:09:09 PM »
Great stuff thanks :)

Some time ago I had a play with the UV images at the same sources you found:

http://onebigmonkey.com/apollo/stars/ap16uv.html
Ah! yes, I knew that.

But the more the merrier right? and while telus' images are very nice, he didn't put the entire set online, nor the raw files.

Hopefully the magazine will be scanned at high resolution at some point. But until then, use the images I uploaded for any research you wish.

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Re: AS16-123 (Far Ultraviolet Camera/Spectroscope photos) (Experiment S201)
« Reply #3 on: January 29, 2017, 09:10:49 PM »
What is the diagonal line through many of them?
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Re: AS16-123 (Far Ultraviolet Camera/Spectroscope photos) (Experiment S201)
« Reply #4 on: February 12, 2017, 06:18:45 AM »
I have uploaded the files to archive.org

Apollo 16 https://archive.org/details/AS16-123-JPG
Skylab: https://archive.org/details/Skylab-S019-JPG
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Re: AS16-123 (Far Ultraviolet Camera/Spectroscope photos) (Experiment S201)
« Reply #5 on: February 12, 2017, 10:16:18 AM »
What is the diagonal line through many of them?
The telescope also took UV spectra... I'm assuming those images are from that.

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Re: AS16-123 (Far Ultraviolet Camera/Spectroscope photos) (Experiment S201)
« Reply #6 on: February 12, 2017, 10:57:58 AM »
What is the diagonal line through many of them?
The telescope also took UV spectra... I'm assuming those images are from that.

Well yes, but what are the diagonal lines?
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Re: AS16-123 (Far Ultraviolet Camera/Spectroscope photos) (Experiment S201)
« Reply #7 on: February 18, 2017, 09:38:06 AM »
What is the diagonal line through many of them?
The telescope also took UV spectra... I'm assuming those images are from that.

Well yes, but what are the diagonal lines?
I don't know, maybe Earth. I will be uploading some more documents on the camera and its photos later.
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Re: AS16-123 (Far Ultraviolet Camera/Spectroscope photos) (Experiment S201)
« Reply #9 on: February 19, 2017, 11:54:57 PM »
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Apollo 16 magazine AS16-123

As far as we am aware, magazine AS16-123 has not been scanned in high resolution like most Apollo era photos. This is a shame, because the UVC is still the only telescope on an other heavenly body.

There has been another UV telescope on the Moon since 2013, the one on the Chang'e 3 lander

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Apollo 16 magazine AS16-123

As far as we am aware, magazine AS16-123 has not been scanned in high resolution like most Apollo era photos. This is a shame, because the UVC is still the only telescope on an other heavenly body.

There has been another UV telescope on the Moon since 2013, the one on the Chang'e 3 lander

I have asked LunarOrbit to correct my post and add some better links, but he has not replied...
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There has been another UV telescope on the Moon since 2013, the one on the Chang'e 3 lander

Are the images from it readily available on t'internut ... ?


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I remember seeing a TV transmission from Apollo 16 were an astronaut was using the FUC, pointing it around and stuff.

I can no longer find the clip anywhere... if someone knows it, please send me a link.

If someone has a SpaceCraft films dvd collection of Apollo 16 I am sure it will be there somewhere. If you get me a RIP of that one scene (Preferable lossless quality, highest resolution possible, or just send me the VOB file you can. Youtube has a terrible compression algorithm, a high resolution source will benefit YT quality greatly. Even up scaling it to HD of 4K, adding film grain for it to appear sharper, and then upload it to youtube will increase apparent video quality. Compression looks better on a high resolution source than a low resolution source.) so I can upload it to youtube.

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There should be a chapter at ALSJ called "John Young FUC/S around".  There isn't one, but there should be.
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