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Plato and Mountains

Postby Aratus » Sun Jan 07, 2018 2:56 pm

A fairly high moon on the 27th December yielded some good photos, but cloud soon rolled in.
This is the crater Plato, which can show details inside the crater, but sometimes doesn't. At one time people believed that there must be occasional mists inside the crater to account for this. That now seems unlikely, but for some reason this time no detail appeared. :o Contrast that with the amazing detail outside the crater, including some of those mountains. Mt Pico, right at the bottom is very clear showing the 2 peaks and the ledges and escarpments. The rille running to the right of Plato is, not surprisingly, called 'Plato Rille'.

I use an 11" reflector (Celestron CPC 1100) and a 3" refractor, (Sky-Watcher ST80) mounted on an equatorial wedge, housed in a 2.2m Pulsar observatory. I use a ZWO ASI 120MM, ZWO ASI1600MC and Canon 1300D for imaging.
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