Montes Apenninus

November 17, 2007

Uploaded 1/5/08

South is up in this image, more info below.

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 Where two major seas meet, Mare Serenitatis and Mare Imbrium - We find two huge mountain chains, amongst the most spectacular on the lunar surface. The large chain of mountains just above center here is Montes Apennius, and the lower section to the lower left is Montes Caucasus, with Montes Alpes at the bottom of the frame. Just below center is the huge walled plain Archimedes, some 50 miles across, and over a mile deep.

The two giant craters in the lower left of the frame are Aristoteles on the bottom, a magnificent terraced crater, and above it Euduxus with somewhat better preservation.

Processing: 250/1000 best frames, MAP 45 alignment in Registax, Regulated Van Cittert Deconvolution in PixInsight Pro, Levels and Contrast Masking In Photoshop CS3, Focus Magic Plugin.

Instrument: 12.5" f/5 prime Platform: Astrophysics AP1200 CCD Camera: Image Source DMK 31AU03.AS Filter: Hoya R72 Exposure: 1/108 sec 15fps Location: Payson, Arizona Elevation: 5150 ft. Sky: Seeing Average, Transparency 8/10 Outside Temperature: 35F Processing: Registax, PixInsight Pro, Photoshop CS3, Focus Magic Plugin