Moretus (114 km), is I think the most beautiful crater in the area. Under these lighting conditions due to Moon phase at that time, Moretus is immersed in darkness here. However, inside the eastern wall (note that the image is upside down) is fully lit and just the tip of the central mountain is on the Sun.
The appearance of this crater in these photos, I think is wonderful, as it seems to be sculpted by man, is so perfect, from other craters in the region, which are not so circular in shape (oval craters are seen as they are located near the edge of the sphere of the Moon). Northwest of Moretus, Cysatus crater, is completely in dark, and the huge crater Clavius further, located in the area where darkness "eat" most of the Moon in these pictures.
At that time, the Moon was much more "bent" in front, with many more northern craters visible than southern where it is located Moretus. I say this because in other pictures that I shot Moretus, on other night, it appeared round, not oval, as shown in a picture below made on 20.07.2011.
|Colongitude||7° at sunrise|
Moon age: 7 days
Stage: 51% (0% = New, 100% = Full)
Distance: 384.488 km
Optics: Celestron C8-Newtonian telescope, 20mm Plössl, 2x barlow
Mount: CG5 (EQ5)
Camera: Sony CX130
Location: Baia Mare, Romania
Processing: video captures, FastStone Image Viewer
Above, a picture made on 20/07/2011