Mare Vaporum Area

November 17, 2007

Uploaded 1/4/08

Sky South is up in this image, more info below.

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We begin our journey into this very complex region with the large dark lava filled basin just to the left of center known as Mare Vaporum, the "Sea of Vapors". This is a small Sea, which is very flat and about 140 miles across. On its left edge is a very bright crater called Manilius. 24 miles in size, its walls rise to nearly 10,000 feet above its inner floor.

The giant arc of mountains along the bottom edge just coming into sunlight is Montes Appennius. Its tallest peaks rise to nearly 17,000 feet, dwarfing anything we have here in Arizona.

One final pair to take note of is the pair Murchison/Pallas which is the wrecked pair of craters just to the upper right of Mare Vaporum.

Spend some time with the large image, the details in this part of the moon are worth exploring!

Processing: 250/1000 best frames, MAP 50 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 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