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Saturday, 25 December 2010

Phocylides and Nasmyth craters

Photo: Crater Phocylides (at sea), and Nasmyth (smallest below) - Victor Lupu
Newtonian telescope 8 "
plossl 20mm eyepiece.
CX105 hdr camcorder,
worked with sony vegas 10 registax

Phocylides (114 km.) is a lunar crater located on the southwest side of the Moon. It overlaps with the southern edge of the north crater. Nasmyth. Phocylides's outer wall is eroded, especially along the western edge. His floor is flooded and relatively smooth. Most notable impact is a crater on the floor near the edge of the north-east.
The name comes from Johannes Phocylides Holwarda (22 January 1618-1651) was an astronomer, physician and philosopher. He was professor of philosophy at the University of Franeker 1639-1651.
Nasmyth crater (77 km.) is a lunar crater located near the south-west of the Moon (the one under Phocylides)
The name comes from James Hall Nasmyth (sometimes spelled Naesmyth, Nasmith, or Nesmyth) (18.08.1808-07.05.1890) was a Scottish engineer and inventor. He was co-founder of a company's machine tools. He retired at the age of 48 years, and moved to Penshurst, Kent, where he developed his hobby of astronomy and photography.


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