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I am developing a sensor calibration capability that compares a telescope lunar observation to a physics-based radiometric model. I'd like to find some high quality lunar images to test our solution against a wide range of data. To be useful, I need several key pieces of metadata:

  • Raw camera data or close to it
  • Spectral band
  • Exposure time
  • Observer location
  • Date and time of the collection

My searches of open-source astronomy sites suggest that the focus of most astronomical observatories is deep space. So the question is, "Where should I look or who should I contact for this sort of data?"

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Would taking your own image with an SLR not be good enough? Also, are you looking for a single exposure to cover the whole Moon? It is after all quite large. – Chris White Apr 6 '13 at 0:24
For starters, I'm looking for single exposures that cover the whole moon. I suspect our tools will be compatible with an image of a small fraction of the moon (I know Hubble has taken some close-ups). If I had a nice quality SLR with a telescope, that would be a decent solution, but I was really hoping to find some prior work I could re-use. I'm in discussions with a landscape photographer about using his work. – Carl F. Apr 8 '13 at 20:42

Nasa Planetary Data System ESO data archive - but as you say, they don't spend a lot of time observing the moon

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