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#1 Joe1950

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Posted 19 May 2017 - 09:56 PM

Greetings.

 

With relatively small scopes and typical jet stream seeing, the craterlets found in Plato are difficult visually.

 

But with a 102mm refractor, I grabbed a couple single shot images of the area and thought I could make out a craterlet!

 

Plato area.jpg

 

Zooming in..... 

 

plato zoomed.gif

 

That looks like a craterlet. Even the shadow is correct. I see the same thing in another image I took. But if you look at Plato in Virtual Moon Atlas, there is nothing there of any significance!

 

 

I guess it's an artifact that looks like a crater. shrug.gif

 

 


Edited by Joe1950, 19 May 2017 - 10:16 PM.

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Posted 19 May 2017 - 11:31 PM

Perhaps it's "new"..and you may have discovered it??


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Posted 20 May 2017 - 01:56 AM

One hot pixel next to one cold pixel?


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Posted 20 May 2017 - 03:20 AM

That could be just small dust mote or some other contamination in optics.

Have see like that many times.


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Posted 20 May 2017 - 04:01 AM

That makes sense, Eanirin. But was I excited for a few minutes! grin.gif



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Posted 20 May 2017 - 06:20 AM

How far apart in time where the multiple images you took?  Were you just doing a rough PA or is this a precisely aligned pier mounted setup?  If you had any drift at all of the moon within the frame between the images that had this "artifact" and the "artifact" stayed in the same exact place within the Plato.... it could be real!


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Posted 20 May 2017 - 09:07 AM

Report it, then get someone else with a long focal length scope to image it.  You might've found something!


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Posted 20 May 2017 - 10:30 AM

I was not doing precise tracking at all. The moon drifted between frames. Looking at the other frames, there are several marks that are similar but none at exactly the same spot and none clearly defining a crater as the sample here seems to.

 

I'd have to assume it's artificially induced at this point. Maybe when the moon comes around again, someone will image it properly and see if anything is there - but I doubt it...

 

Also, the other craterlets that are definitely there are not showing up at all. That's suspicious too. Oh well. shrug.gif

 

As Brando said, "I cudda been somebody."

 

Thanks for the info and comments all! 




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