Sky South is up in this image, more info below.
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
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
best frames, MAP 50 alignment in Registax, Regulated Van Cittert
Deconvolution in PixInsight Pro, Levels and Contrast Masking
In Photoshop CS3, Focus Magic Plugin.