February 13, 2009
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.
6-Jan-09 20:30UT. 10in f4.8 Newtonian, Infinity 2-1M, 5x PowerMate, green filter, Avistack, Registax, PSE 5, Focus Magic.
Rükl plate 73
Stefan's entire mosaic
Yesterday's LPOD: Happy 200th, Darwin!
Tomorrow's LPOD: Happy Valentines Day