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Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Crater Wargentin: optical illusion or not? Images by telescope.

33 frames, at 95% best quality in Registax.
772 frames, at 75% best quality in Registax.

In the images in this article are captured western craters of the Moon, namely Phocylides (114 km), Nasmith (77 km) and Wargentin (84 km).

When I filmed the Moon, some clouds were very thin, more like a substance that can be observed especially outside the lunar disk as a whitish veil. When I inserted the video in Registax I thought who knows what will come of them, but it seems that the result was acceptable.

Wargentin create an optical illusion here at this phase of the Moon, because it seems it is not deep, but a hill, an elevation above the lunar surface, compared with neighboring craters, and it is not the first time I saw it in this manner. Seems like a high platform, and guess what, actually the crater was filled by basaltic lava flow, forming a high plateau. 

The floor of this crater is not affected by other impacts as the neighboring craters. In images can be noticed that it seems to be split in two because a spoked pattern of wrinkle ridges exists on the surface, radiating from the center of the crater.

Age of the Moon: 13 days
Distance: 361.640 km
Phase: 26% (0% = New, 100% = full)

Optics: Celestron C8-Newtonian telescope, 20mm Plossl, 2x Barlow
Mount: CG5 (EQ5)
Camera: Sony CX130
Filter: no
Date: 02.07.2012
Location: Baia Mare, Romania
Processing: Registax, FastStone Image Viewer


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