Copernicus and Clavius

From “Atlas of the Moon:”

“The crater Copernicus is undoubtedly one of the best-known and most typical of lunar formations; it is also a center of bright rays which can be traced across the surface of Mare Imbrium.  To the west of Copernicus (to the right in the picture) is a group of scattered solitary hills, which rise to a height of several hundred meters.”

In regards to Clavius…

“The limb area of the Moon adjacent to the South Pole is densely covered by craters and large walled plains.  The terrain is mountainous and the foreshortening close to the Moon’s limb and deep shadows make observation and mapping of this area very difficult.”

“Small craters inside Clavius are suitable objects for testing the resolution of small telescopes.”

These images were taken with the 11 inch Celestron EdgeHD and an Imaging Source camera at a focal ratio of F10. The best of 1000 photos were stacked using Autostakkert software.



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