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Thursday, 24 January 2013

Sabine and Ritter lunar craters. Astronomical telescope images

Sabine (30 km and 1.3 km depth) is a lunar crater that forms a pair with Ritter crater (29 km) north-west, and are located on south-west of Mare Tranquillitatis basin. The edges of these craters are separated by a distance of only 3 km. To the west is the bowl-shaped crater Schmidt, and further north are Manners and Arago.

The outer rim of this crater is roughly circular and relatively featureless. The floor has a pair of small craters on it and there is a ridge on the western edge of the floor.

Approximately 85 km south-east is "statio Tranquillitatis", the landing site of Apollo 11, the first manned mission on the Moon.

Ritter (29 km and 1.3 km depth) is a similar crater to Sabine, both similar in size, depth and the shape, which makes me think that they were created by successive impacts in the same period.

North of it, are three smaller craters, called Ritter C (14 km), B (14 km), D (7 km), written by their distance from Ritter.

Other interesting features that can be seen in these images is a "scratch", Rima Ariadaeus, Dalambre crater that is submerged in shadow, but also smaller craters like d'Arrest, Whewell, Cayley, Dionysius or Manners.

Optics: Celestron C8-Newtonian telescope, 20mm Plössl, 2x barlow
Mount: CG5 (EQ5)
Camera: Sony CX130
Filter: no
Date: 04/27/2012

Location: Baia Mare, Romania
Processing: video capture, FastStone Image Viewer


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