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frank5817
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Reged: 06/13/06

Loc: Illinois
Crater Cichus and Environs
      #5978600 - 07/18/13 08:05 PM Attachment (46 downloads)

Crater Cichus (41 km.) sits on the remains of the high rim of Mare Nubium in one of the few places where the edge of this mare is clearly visible. Resting high on the rim of Cichus is small crater Cichus C (11 km.). This region is a very interesting piece of lunar real estate which includes craters young, old, concentric ringed, buried ghosts, grabens like the one in this sketch to the north called Rima Hesiodus and domes like Kies Pi just beyond the sketch area. To the west of crater Cichus is a portion of Palus Epidemiarum.
The seeing was slightly less than average but you could wait for intervals of better seeing which arrived now and again.
A fun observation and relaxing sketch with mosquito repellent applied.

Sketching:

For this sketch I used: black Strathmore 400 Artagain paper, 9”x 12”, white and black Conte’pastel pencils, white pearl eraser and blending stumps.

Telescope: 10 inch f/5.7 Dobsonian and 6mm eyepiece 241x
Date: 07-18-2013 02:05-03:50 UT
Temperature: 31°C (88°F)
Hazy, calm, humid
Seeing: mostly Antoniadi III
Co longitude: 27.3°
Lunation: 9.5 days
Illumination: 67.8 %

Frank McCabe


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Dee
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Reged: 03/12/06

Loc: Ireland
Re: Crater Cichus and Environs new [Re: frank5817]
      #5978642 - 07/18/13 08:36 PM

Very cool Frank , love the blue/ grey hue , lovely deep shadow work.

Dee


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Aquarellia
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Reged: 10/27/12

Loc: Provence, France
Re: Crater Cichus and Environs new [Re: Dee]
      #5979086 - 07/19/13 01:51 AM

Super Frank, another masterpiece!

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Tommy5
Carpal Tunnel


Reged: 03/28/04

Loc: Chicagoland
Re: Crater Cichus and Environs new [Re: Aquarellia]
      #5979100 - 07/19/13 02:12 AM

Great sketch, lots of good shadows and the thin rilles are outstanding.

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Jef De Wit
Carpal Tunnel


Reged: 03/06/09

Loc: Hove, Belgium
Re: Crater Cichus and Environs new [Re: Tommy5]
      #5979179 - 07/19/13 05:22 AM

The rima has a photo-like quality

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kenrenard
Carpal Tunnel


Reged: 12/13/12

Loc: Dunmore, PA
Re: Crater Cichus and Environs new [Re: Jef De Wit]
      #5979240 - 07/19/13 07:08 AM

Frank,
You are a true master. I love it! I always marvel at your abilities. It's just what you see at the eyepiece!



Ken


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frank5817
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Reged: 06/13/06

Loc: Illinois
Re: Crater Cichus and Environs new [Re: kenrenard]
      #5979502 - 07/19/13 10:04 AM

Dee, Michel, Tommy, Jef and Ken,

Thank you all for your kind comments.
Can't wait to see all of your next sketches.

Frank


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niteskystargazer
Carpal Tunnel
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Reged: 10/05/09

Loc: 41-43'-28" N 87-42'-39" W
Re: Crater Cichus and Environs new [Re: frank5817]
      #5979667 - 07/19/13 11:35 AM

Frank,

Very good sketch of Craters Cichus & Environs .

CS,KLU,

,

Tom


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Rutilus
Carpal Tunnel


Reged: 12/17/10

Re: Crater Cichus and Environs new [Re: niteskystargazer]
      #5980401 - 07/19/13 07:27 PM

Super Lunar Sketch Frank.

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Heidescoper
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Reged: 11/21/10

Loc: Niedersachsen, Germany
Re: Crater Cichus and Environs new [Re: Dee]
      #5980789 - 07/20/13 01:22 AM

hi Frank,

very nice sketch, please more !

Bye
Christian


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frank5817
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Reged: 06/13/06

Loc: Illinois
Re: Crater Cichus and Environs new [Re: Heidescoper]
      #5980809 - 07/20/13 01:59 AM

Tom, Rutilus and Christian,

Thank you for your kind remarks.
It is cloudy and raining here at the moment but
I do believe fair weather is in all our futures.

Frank


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ericj
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Reged: 02/17/05

Re: Crater Cichus and Environs new [Re: frank5817]
      #5981138 - 07/20/13 10:10 AM

Hi Frank,

Very fine sketch as always, and interesting description of the details.

What are buried ghosts?

Best,

Eric


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frank5817
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Loc: Illinois
Re: Crater Cichus and Environs new [Re: ericj]
      #5981703 - 07/20/13 04:46 PM

Hi Eric,

Ghost craters nearly unseen because of lava flooding over them.
Thanks for your nice words.

Frank


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maroubra_boy
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Reged: 09/08/09

Loc: Sydney, Australia
Re: Crater Cichus and Environs new [Re: frank5817]
      #5982460 - 07/21/13 06:15 AM

Lovely touch there, Frank. A lot of fine details that make this sketch so precious.

Alex.


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frank5817
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Reged: 06/13/06

Loc: Illinois
Re: Crater Cichus and Environs new [Re: maroubra_boy]
      #5983749 - 07/21/13 10:16 PM

Alex,

Thank you much, I have done much less sketching so far this year than in the last 7. It has been tough getting the weather to cooperate.

That is a very impressive sketch you just posted. Your lunar work is as good as all the rest of those targets below my horizon.

Frank


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Uwe Pilz
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Reged: 05/16/08

Loc: Leipzig, Germany
Re: Crater Cichus and Environs new [Re: frank5817]
      #5983913 - 07/22/13 12:30 AM

I like the diversity of forms: old an new crater, ridges, ray, hills... Great sketch!

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frank5817
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Reged: 06/13/06

Loc: Illinois
Re: Crater Cichus and Environs new [Re: Uwe Pilz]
      #5985888 - 07/23/13 11:33 AM

Uwe,

Thank you much. It is always fun to get out at night and sketch something astronomical.
I await your next sketch.

Frank


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WadeVC
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Reged: 12/02/05

Loc: Lodi, California,
Re: Crater Cichus and Environs new [Re: frank5817]
      #6028578 - 08/16/13 05:24 AM

Absolutely love this Frank!!!

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PeterDob
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Reged: 07/29/05

Loc: CarĂ¹, Italy
Re: Crater Cichus and Environs new [Re: WadeVC]
      #6029491 - 08/16/13 04:22 PM

Another beauty... I totally agree you should have them all published.

Peter


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perfessor
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Reged: 12/30/07

Loc: Northern Illinois
Re: Crater Cichus and Environs new [Re: PeterDob]
      #6029549 - 08/16/13 04:59 PM

Frank - I want to reach out and touch it, it seems to pop off the screen. Very nice!

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