Posted 03 September 2012 - 06:09 PM
I was observing this very area the last two nights. It is interesting that as your sketch indicates there is a crack in the W wall of Palizsch that seems parallel to the main rille in Petavius itself. There is another one like that in the nearby Snellius. I wonder what was going on there to generate such seemingly parallel cracks.
It was interesting to read the page about Palitzsch that you linked. Not just a farmer who all of a sudden beat Messier&Co to recover Comet Halley, as he might appear if one reads some books that just mention him in passing. Further following the links from that page it is curious to see that apparently his large house is still standing and is a museum. Funny thing just from the name I'd always assumed he was a Prussian. But the house is indeed in Dresden - Saxony, just like you said.