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Monday, 7 September 2015

The edge of the Moon. West craters through a telescope.

In this images I caught the most recognizable southwest lunar craters due to the 3: Zucchius, Kircher and Bettinus about the same size arranged in zig-zag. The floor of these craters are visible in this images, also as of Schiller (180 km) by the way.

Above of the 3 craters, it is the giant crater Bailly (303 km), which at this time is the terminator, half of it in shadows. But we can see the small satellite craters on tge rim of Bailly: Bailly A and B. Both of satellite craters A (43 km) and B (62 km), are almost stacked on top of each other. It's easy to figure out on this phase of the Moon, how floor of Bailly is uneven and rough.
The libration of the Moon makes its floor sometimes to be seen more, and sometimes not, as it is located close to the terminal (the edge of the Moon seen from Earth).

Bailly (303 km), the larger crater on the Moon, is a lunar impact crater with a depth of 4.3 km, and is located near the southwestern edge of the Moon. Oblique viewing angle offers an oval aspect of the crater because of its location. The most favorable time to observe it, is at almost Full Moon.

The images are the result of processing in Registax 5 from a video made with a video camera attached to the telescope.

484 video frames in Registax.

Magnitude: -12.10
Phase: 0.96%
Distance: 402.464 km
Illuminated: 96% (0% = new, 100% = full)

Astronomical Instrument: Celestron C8-Newtonian telescope
Eyepiece: plossl 20mm, 2x Barlow
Mount: CG5 (EQ5)
Camera: Sony CX105
Filter: no
Date: 08.11.2011
Location: Baia Mare, Romania
Processing: Registax 5 FastStone Image Viewer

In the pictures below are labeled craters and other lunar features in the region. To better understand this photo, you should note that the label with the name or the letter of larger craters could be found at their center, and on the small craters, you should find them around them, usually above.

Image of 23 March 2012.


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