November 13, 2014
image by Valere LEROY and annotated by Luc CATHALA, France
When I observe the lunar north pole I look for two touching craters that are my guideposts to the pole. Challis and Main are flat-floored, interlocking craters just on the poleward edge of the fresh crater Scoresby. Immediately beyond the twins is a similar size, flat-floored crater named Gioja. And opening up behind Gioja is Byrd, a large flat-floored crater, and beyond that, clipping the pole itself, is another crater named for a great polar explorer, Peary. I have seen all of these at the eyepiece, but I haven't noticed the very large Hermite, centered just over the limb, nor Lovelace which is even further onto the far side. Have you ever seen William Randolph Lovelace?
11 November 2014 at 02h30 TU. Newton 250 mm, with an ASI120MC camera, this mosaic is treated with AS2 and IRIS; 200/3000 images stacked.
21st Century Atlas charts 10 and L8.
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Yesterday's LPOD: The Father, the Son and the ... Moon
Tomorrow's LPOD: Big Holes