Petavius crater (180 km.) is one of the best known and remarkable impact features on the lunar surface. It is a walled plain and floor fractured crater with impressive multiple central peaks (1.7 km), beautiful wall terraces, mare patches, volcanic ash regions, a raised floor and remarkable looking ramparts. In addition there is a special feature of this crater called Rimae Petavius. All three parts of this rille system could be seen clearly under the excellent seeing conditions that persisted during the entire observation. Connected to Petavius to the west is crater Wrottesley (57 km). South of Wrottesley the double rim of crater Petavius can be seen. There was so much detail visible in this area I could not hope to capture but a fraction of it.
Although Petavius is 3.8 billion years old it looks younger, stately and better preserved.
For this sketch I used: black Strathmore 400 Artagain paper, (10" x 12") white and black Conteâ€™
pastel pencils and a hard blending stump.
Telescope: 10 inch f/ 5.7 Dobsonian with 6mm (241x) and 4 mm (362x) eyepieces
Date: 5-29-2009 1:20-3:15 UT
Temperature: 13Â°C (55Â°F)
Seeing: Antoniadi mostly I, [ the collapsed lava tube down the center of Vallis Alps would have been easy under the seeing conditions of this night ]
Colongitude 329.5 degrees
Lunation 4.5 days
Moon was at Perigee just 3 days ago
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