February 13, 2009

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Beyond the Polar Explorers

image by Stefan Lammel

The south polar region of the Moon provides perhaps the most dramatic celestial landscape that can be observed through a telescope. Tall mountains that ring the South Pole-Aitken Basin jut up into the sky, and deep craters cast dark shadows across their floors. The compression of the landscape through foreshortening makes identification of features difficult, even on a fantastic image such as this. The Tycho-like crater at lower left is Schomberger and a now apparently to be launched in May, 2009.

Chuck Wood

Technical Details
6-Jan-09 20:30UT. 10in f4.8 Newtonian, Infinity 2-1M, 5x PowerMate, green filter, Avistack, Registax, PSE 5, Focus Magic.

Related Links
Rükl plate 73
Stefan's entire mosaic

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Tomorrow's LPOD: Happy Valentines Day


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