Sunrise over Mercator Home

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Grimaldi Mercator and Campanus are similar-sized craters (49Km diameter) on the south-west shores of the Mare Nubium.  Kies is a crater that has evidently been flooded by lavas from Mare Nubium and therefore pre-dates that event.  It also acts as a marker for Kies π, a volcano.  The structure is about 10 Km across and has a summit crater 2 Km across which is just visible in this picture.  Another interesting feature is Rima Hesiodus which can be seen starting on the northern edge of Hesiodus, and running westward across Mare Nubium, it appears to pass under the mountains that separate Cichus and Mercator, continues across the northern edge of Palus Epidemiarum before disappearing into the mountains north of Capuanus.
This picture is one of a sequence taken every 10 minutes over 2 hours which combine to form an animation of sunrise (1,114K).
The scale markers are approximately 100 Km north and east.
The picture was taken with a ToUcam attached to my LX200 on 18th April 2005 at 22:14 UT when the Moon was 9.5 days old.
Date and Time 18th April 2005 at 22:14 UT
Camera ToUcam 740K
Telescope LX200 at prime focus (FL 2500 mm)
Capture K3CCDTools. High gamma, 1/250", 18% gain, 308 frames
Processing Registax. 117 frames stacked. Wavelets 1-3 = 10
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