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Pitatus Pitatus is a battered crater on the southern shores of Mare Nubium. It is 34 Km in diameter with rugged walls to the south. It has been flooded with lava from Mare Nubium in the north. It is connected by a narrow valley to the neighbouring crater Hesiodus, which has a small crater (Hesiodus D) at its centre in place of the more-usual mountain. The crater Hell is within a much larger crater called Deslandres, most of which is outside this picture.
The picture was taken with my ETX125 with a X2 adaptor lens on 30th March 2004 at 21:10 UT when the Moon was 9.1 days old.
(I am not certain that I have labelled Wurzelhauer N and W correctly.)

Date and Time: 30th March 2004 21:10 UT
Camera: ToUcam 740K
Telescope: ETX125 with X2 adaptor lens
Capture: K3CCDTools. 60% gamma, 1/33", 10% gain, 459 frames
Processing: Registax. 85 frames stacked. Wavelet 1-5 = 10
Pitatus And here is the same area as sunset approached.  Despite the low angle of the Sun (as evidenced by the terminator visible just the the east of Pitatus), the western rim throws very little shadow onto the floor of the crater, which shows how low these moutains are.
The scale marks in the top right-hand corner indicate, very approximately, 50 Km north and east.
The picture was taken using my LX200 with a X2 adaptor lens on 7th October 2004 at 03:43 UT when the Moon was 22.8 days old.

Date and Time: 7th October 2004 03:43 UT
Camera: ToUcam 740K
Telescope: LX200 with X2 adaptor lens
Capture: K3CCDTools. High gamma, 1/50", 30% gain, 314 frames
Processing: Registax. 94 frames stacked. Wavelet 1-3 = 10
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