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Monday, 16 February 2015

Birmingham crater on the Moon by astronomical telescope.

1 video frame, in Registax.

Area immortalized in these images is north of lunar crater Plato on northern part of the Moon. Here we see a narrower portion of Mare Frigoris and to the north is a crater called Birmingham.
Birmingham crater is more difficult to distinguish because it is so destroyed, that neither its shape is circular.

All that remained of the original crater is an irregular perimeter and an interior re-surfaced by lava. On the floor are several small craters. Only when illuminated at a low angle, as shown here, its characteristics are most clearly seen.

Although it has a large diameter of 92 km, its depth is only 1.8 km.

The name of this crater is given from astronomer, poet and amateur geologist John Birmingham (1816-1884). He spent about 7 years traveling through Europe, therefore knowing several languages. Birmingham has studied and written articles about planets, meteor showers and spots on the Sun.

Moon Age: 9.05 days
Phase: 70.5% (0% = New, 100% = Full)
Distance: 399.221 km

Optics (telescope or lenses): Celestron C8-Newtonian telescope, eyepiece 20mm Plossl, 2x barlow
Mount: CG5 (EQ5)
Camera: Sony CX130
Filter: no
Date: 10/03/2014
Location: Baia Mare, Romania
Processing: Registax,  FastStone Image Viewer


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