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Half a Crater Shadowed

Originally published April 21, 2005


Image Credit: Tim Povlick

Half a Crater Shadowed

This is not the highest resolution image LPOD has ever published, and it doesn’t even have north at the top. But it captures the excitement of an eyepiece view when the seeing is crisp, the optics are great, and the terminator drapes impressive topography. This is a fantastic image of Plato, with its towering peaks casking shadows half way across the floor. But wait, Plato doesn’t have two large and relatively fresh craters immediately to the northeast... Oops, its actually Archimedes! And the craters to the right are Aristillus and Autolycus. To the left, the Archimedes Mountains look more massive than they really are, and Imbrium lavas to the right look like glass, cracked by ridges. I am sorry I missed observing this night.

Chuck Wood

Technical Details:
15 Apr 2005. TMB 228-f/9 refractor + Baader FFC barlow for f/27 + SBIG ST402-XM camera. (Sorry for the delay- my ISP was down last night!)

Yesterday's LPOD: Almost Classic Crater

Tomorrow's LPOD: Resource for All!!

Author & Editor:
Charles A. Wood



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