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Monday, 25 June 2012

Schiller crater through telescope The southwest quadrant of the Moon

       There are many flooded craters in the south-west of the Moon, one of the most unusual crater being the elongated  Schiller crater of 179 km long and 71 km wide. The south floor of Schiller, which is larger, is smooth, but the northern half, which is shaded by the north wall in photos, has a prominent central mountain ridge, which can be seen here in the light, surrounded by the darkness.

    A large basin occupies the area between Schiller and Zucchius (64 km). The Schiller-Zucchius basin, as is known, has a diameter of about 380 km and an interior flooded inner ring of 210 km. In a big angle of light, Zucchius - Schiller basin can be identified through binoculars as a gray patch. In photo below, the basin is above Schiller.

East of Segner, the inner ring is composed of a series of ridges overlapping with craters, including craters Weigel (36 km) and Weigel B (34 km), that are curved to the south of Schiller.

Photographer: Victor Lupu
Optics: Celestron C8-Newtonian telescope, plossl 20mm, 2x Barlow
Mount: CG5 (EQ5)
Device: Sony CX130
Filter: no
Date: 04/03/2012
Location: Baia Mare, Romania
Processing: Sony Vegas 10 video captures


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