The Southern Part of the Jura Mountains Home

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This is the southern part of the Jura Mountains that are the north-western section of the ring of mountains that surround Mare Imbrium.  At the southern end of these mountains are Mons Gruithuisen γ and δ which are believed to be extinct volcanoes and certainly have small craters on their summits (not visible in this picture unfortunately).  I am uncertain of the naming of the mountain just to the south of these two;  Hatfield seems to label it zeta but the font he uses leaves me slightly uncertain.

Luna 17 was a very successful, Russian spacecraft that landed on 17th November 1970.  It carried a rover, Lunokhod 1, with cameras and a variety of analytical devices.  Lunokhod was expected to last for 3 lunar days but actually lasted for 11 lunar days (322 days on Earth) and travelled 10.54 Km in that time, returning over 20,000 pictures and the results of over 500 analyses of soil samples.

The picture is a mosaic of two taken with a ToUcam attached to my LX200 on 28th September 2005 at around 03:20 UT, when the Moon was 25.1 days old.

Libration Latitude -3° 47', longitude +6° 50'
Solar inclination 0.4°
Lunar Phase 306.8°
Colongitude 136.3°
Date and Time 23rd September 2005 at 03:20 UT
Camera ToUcam 740K
Telescope LX200 with IR-pass filter
Capture K3CCDTools. Low gamma, 1/25", 51% gain, 391 and 428 frames
Processing Registax. 56 and 149 frames stacked. Wavelet 1-2 = 10
Despite my label on the picture above, I am not sure that this area is really considered as part of the Jura Mountains.  It is a rubbly area of ejecta from the formation of the Imbrium basin.
This picture was taken when the libration was particularly favourable for this area so we see it more clearly than usual.  It was taken on 22nd October 2011 when the Moon was 24.3 days old.
Libration Latitude +6° 46', longitude -6° 16'
Solar inclination -1.1°
Lunar Phase 244.1°
Colongitude 212.7°
Date and Time 22nd October 2011 at 05:18 UT
Camera DMK 21AF04
Telescope LX200 with CLS filter
Capture ICCapture. 1/1000", gain 1023, 3414 frames
Processing Registax6. 5 alignment points, 100 frames stacked per alignment point,
Gaussian wavelets Scheme 1, histogram 0-190
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