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Move your mouse over the picture to see the names of some of the features and the landing sites of Apollos 11 and 16.
This is a mosaic of three images showing the region between the southern shores of the Mare Tranquillitatis and the Descartes Highlands as far south as the crater Sacrobosco.  When I took these pictures I was not planning on a mosaic, so the southern-most image has very little overlap with the one above it and was significantly darker.  However I think I have adjusted things so that the overlap is not too obvious.  My original intention was to image the landing site for Apoll 16, and it was only later that I realised I had captured the landing site of Apollo 11 as well.   Details are on my Apollo page.  There are several interesting features here.   I am particularly intrigued by Theon Senior and Theon Junior and wonder how thay came to have those names.  Also Cyrillus B (Hatfield) seems to have become Ibn Rushd (VMA).
The scale markers are approximately 100 Km north and east.
The picture was taken with a ToUcam attached to my LX200 on 15th February 2005 when the Moon was 7.3 days old.
Date and Time 15th February 2005 between 19:40 and 20:00 UT
Camera ToUcam 740K
Telescope LX200 at prime focus
Capture K3CCDTools. High gamma, 1/250", 11% gain
Processing Registax3. Wavelet 1,2 = 10

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