Apollo 11 landing site and other lunar treasures.

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On the morning of the 19th of November 2016, I got up at half 2 in the morning. It was clear night, but a bright gibbous Moon was visible, having risen late the previous evening. So out I went to capture some images. First of all a full disk using the DSLR. moon-20161119-tifsmergedsatflat-ws

Once safely captured I got out my trusty DMK41 camera and a 1.5 Barlow Lens, to capture some detailed shots of craters and other features.

Below is the area around Mare Tranquillitatis, the landing site of Apollo 11, close to the 30 km wide twin cratres, Sabine & Ritter. I have marked the landing site, as well as the sites that Ranger 8 and Surveyor 5 “landed”. I also just managed to capture the small craters, Collins (2.4km), Aldrin (3.4km) and Armstrong (4.6km), named after the three astronauts.
The circular feature Lamont made up of wrinkle ridges, is visible towards the top.

Below is a detailed view of the 100km wide crater Posidonius, showing some of the fractures within the floor of the crater.

Below is a montage of 3 panels showing a wider area around the crater, with wrinkle ridges across Mare Serenitatis.

Below is a three panel montage of the area below Theophillus, Cyrillus and Catherina, with Rupes Altai mountain range towards the bottom.

Below is the area around Clavius, with many craterlets  on its floor, and Moretus in the southern lunar highlands.

Below are the craters Arsitoteles and Eudoxus in Mare Frigoris, located much further north.

Below is the crater Bűrg nestled within Lactus Mortis (The Lake of Death), which contains some a number of clefts and furrows.lacusmortis

And finally to finish off with a favourite, Tycho, shown at a very different angle of illumination as it was when I last took it on the 10th of November.


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