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Sunday, 3 July 2016

Piccolomini. Craters on the Moon through a telescope.

Piccolomini (88 km) crater is interesting because it is overlapped on Rupes Altai wall, which is the second belt formed by the impact that resulted Mare Nectaris basin. This wall is more pronounced from the western edge of Piccolomini. North of the crater, are starting several small ones: Piccolomini M (23 km), D (17 km), E (18 km) and C (26 km) and on south west is adjacent to the crater Rothmann.

Piccolomini has multiple central peaks on its floor which is smooth. The inner wall extends south to the center of the crater due to the angle that hit the object which formed it.

Magnitude: -10.82
Phase: 0.46
Distance: 399.283 km
Illuminated: 45.6% (0% = New, 100% = Full)

Astronomical instrument: Celestron C8-Newtonian telescope,
Eyepiece: Plossl 20mm, 2x Barlow
Mount: CG5 (EQ5)
Camera: Sony CX130
Filter: no
Date: 30.01.2012
Location: Baia Mare, Romania
Processing: FastStone Image Viewer

In the picture 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.


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