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Aristarchus and Herodotus at the Aristarchus Plateau

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#1 frank5817

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Posted 14 August 2019 - 02:14 PM

This plateau is a raised, tilted polygonal block of crust in the ocean of storms holding a collection of interesting features that can be seen with telescopes of all sizes.
I have sketched this region at full Moon but not at the late waxing gibbous phase.
Crater Aristarchus, its rays and the Schroter’s valley are all noteworthy features. Aristarchus crater (40 km.) is slightly older than Tycho crater and  it is brighter.
I remember well my disappointment when Apollo 18, 19 and 20 were cancelled in
1970. Apollo 18 was scheduled to land on the Aristarchus plateau near Schroter’s
valley. Schroter’s valley is an old Imbrium (3.5 billion years old) volcanic
feature that begins at the famous cobra head 25 km. north of crater
Herodotus.

 

Sketching and Equipment:

 

Black sketching paper: 8.5”x 12”
White and black Conte’ crayon and pastel pencils, blending stumps
Date: 08-13-2019 06:00 to 7:20 UT
Temperature: 31 °C (88° F)
Transparency 4/5
Seeing: Antoniadi III
10 inch f / 5.7 Dobsonian 6mm ocular 241X on an equatorial platform
Lunation: 11.8 days
Illumination: 94%

 

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Posted 14 August 2019 - 02:56 PM

I remember that. I was disappointed also as I had seen a Lunar Transient Phenomena at Aristarchus in the early 60's and was hoping they might find out where the bright flash came from.



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Posted 14 August 2019 - 04:36 PM

Yes a sad story, since Apollo 17 nobody walked on our satellite.

And I'm not sure we are able to do it again frown.gif

A nice view Frank, the main crater is just whaw...

Michel



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Posted 14 August 2019 - 07:13 PM

photoracer18, Michel,

 

Thank you both for your comments. 

Yes it was a shame that human exploration ended suddenly. I think it may pick up again at some point in the future.

 

Frank :)

 

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Posted 15 August 2019 - 01:48 AM

Hi Frank,

that's an awesome sketch of this bright lunar highlight. I like especially how you've rendered the inner walls of Aristarchus! Well done!

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Achim

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Posted 15 August 2019 - 02:15 AM

Good job Frank



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Posted 15 August 2019 - 02:39 AM

Exquisite sketch Frank. Well, you and Cindy have done it, so now I feel compelled to give it a shot (please don't hurt me lol.gif )



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Posted 15 August 2019 - 12:14 PM

Frank,

 

Very nice sketch of Aristarchus and Herodotus (At the Aristarchus Plateau) smile.gif .

 

CS.KLU.

 

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Posted 15 August 2019 - 12:38 PM

Frank, you got those bright rays eminating within the crater really well.  One of my fav spots on the moon. Superb sir!

 

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Posted 15 August 2019 - 07:47 PM

Achim, Pedro, Ian, Tom and Pete,

 

Thank you much guys.

 

Frank :)

 

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