May 27, 2009

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Classification Anyone?

image by Oscar Canales Moreno, Pinsoro, Spain. Original on left, hyper-enhanced on the right.

Rays and mare ridges. They may be the last significant landform types on the Moon that don't have classification systems. And Oscar's image suggests why ray classification is so hard. First, an aside, notice how Oscar exercised extreme restraint by not including the spectacular craters these rays come from; by doing that he allows us to concentrate more on the rays themselves. Oscar made a tonally pleasing image (left), which I stretched beyond prudence to better depict ray characteristics (right). Copernicus' rays - the crater is to the right - are broad, bright and relatively massive. Those from Kepler (below) are much narrower and less conspicuous. And the ones from Aristarchus are a little wider than Kepler's and seem to be more closely spaced. So are width, brightness and spacing measurements that should be used to classify rays? I don't think anyone knows until a number of rays systems are tried. Probably also want to include ray length (which was found decades ago to be a function of crater diameter). And ray brightness also correlates with crater age. With so many variables it may be difficult to really understand rays.
Chuck Wood

Technical Details
24 Aug 2008 around 3h50mUT. Newton Skywatcher 250mmEQ6 f: 23,5 + Mintron 13v6-EX videocamera + Canon MV500i Red Filter W25 +
Powermate 5x. VirtualDub and Avisynth for deinterlace and video capture. Dark and flats performed with iPrep. Registax5 + Avistack 1.74 +
Photoshop + Focus Magic. 6 images mosaic with PTGui, 300/1500 images at 50 img/seg

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