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#1 frank5817

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Posted 25 August 2013 - 12:20 AM

On this evening south polar craters were nicely displayed for sketching under conditions of favorable libration. This part of the south polar region of the Moon is east of the pole and includes the following mostly pre-Nectarian craters: Demonax (114 km.), Scott (108 km.), Schomberger (86 km.), Manzinus (98 km.), Mutus (78 km.), Boussingault ( 131 km.), and Boguslawsky (100 km.).
Crater Demonax demonstrates many smaller impacts on its southern rim. Boussingault crater is the largest of the craters in this sketch and is actually made up of two craters one inside the other (concentric). Boussingault A (72 km.) lies inside Baussingault with its floor completely in shadow.
This was an enjoyable session with our Moon.

Sketching:

For this sketch I used: black Strathmore 400 Artagain paper, 8”x 10”, white and black Conte’pastel pencils, a white charcoal pencil, white pearl eraser and blending stumps.

Telescope: 10 inch f/5.7 Dobsonian and 6mm eyepiece 241x
Date: 08-23-2013, 05:15-06:45 UT
Temperature: 18°C (66°F)
Clear, calm
Seeing: Antoniadi III
Co longitude: 109.7°
Lunation: 16.1 days
Illumination: 95.0 %
Phase: 334.3°
Libration in Lat. -4.5°
“ “ in Long. +6 °

Frank McCabe :)

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#2 frank5817

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Posted 25 August 2013 - 12:21 AM

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#3 Jef De Wit

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Posted 25 August 2013 - 02:32 AM

Looks like you are flying over the moonsurface!

#4 PeterDob

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Posted 25 August 2013 - 04:03 AM

Totally agree with Jef. Fabulous! :D

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Posted 25 August 2013 - 07:09 AM

Excellent oblique view, Frank. :) Glad you could take advantage of the favorable libration.

Nobody gets a lunar crater named for them unless they've made a major contribution to science, astronomy, or exploration, but I am not familiar with any of the names associated with these craters except for Scott. This must be Robert Falcon Scott, who died with the rest of his team returning from the South Pole of our planet after losing the race to be first to Roald Amundsen in 1911.

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Posted 25 August 2013 - 07:23 AM

Great sketch. Love your work. Away in Florida this week and every night's been cloudy. Thanks!
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Posted 25 August 2013 - 09:00 AM

Jef, Peter, Michael and Randolph,

Thank you all for the nice words.
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Michael, yes Scott is named for the polar explorer from the early 20th century and Boussingault was a 19th century botanist. Boguslawsky was also a 19th century character, an astronomer. The others were philosophers and astronomers from very long ago.
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Randolph - Skies should improve for you soon.

Frank :)

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Posted 25 August 2013 - 10:48 AM

Another great sketch, it looks like your looking out the portal of a lunar orbiter, thanks for sharing.

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Posted 25 August 2013 - 12:02 PM

This is great

#10 frank5817

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Posted 25 August 2013 - 09:56 PM

Tommy and Mike,

It was a long wait this summer to get some clear nights for observing. I hope the two of your are getting opportunities to get out under the stars, planets and moon.
Thank you both.

Frank :)

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Posted 26 August 2013 - 01:29 AM

Dear Frank, I take regularely a look at this region but never had the courage to sketch it. Too much overlapping craters.

Good sketch!

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Posted 26 August 2013 - 04:23 AM

Frank, I always appreciate the limb. Well done.

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Posted 26 August 2013 - 06:33 AM

nice sketch~
it's not easy to paint the craters, it needs paticence~

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Posted 26 August 2013 - 08:52 AM

Frank,

Very nice sketch of the Southeastern Polar Region :).

CS,KLU,

:thanx:,

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Posted 26 August 2013 - 09:02 AM

Uwe, Norme, kauf, Tom,

Thank you all for your nice remarks - much appreciated.
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Uwe, I have no doubt you could sketch the limb beautifully.

Frank :)

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Posted 26 August 2013 - 09:25 AM

Oups Frank ! You had a lot of courage to begin this area !
Well done !

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Posted 26 August 2013 - 02:17 PM

Superb sketch Frank!

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Posted 26 August 2013 - 08:46 PM

Very nice Frank. I always like hour style and enjoy your sketching.

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Posted 27 August 2013 - 12:05 AM

Another great sketch Frank.

Very nice.

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Posted 27 August 2013 - 09:03 AM

Michel, Jean, Roland and Andre,

Thank you all for the nice words . I look forward to see sketches from each of you.

Frank :)






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