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Plato Crater



One of my better lunar shots and one of my favorite lunar features.


To the north (up) is Mare Frigoris.  To the south is Mare Imbrium.  Mons Piton is the mountain lower right that is casting the very long shadow.  Due south of Plato is Mons Pico.  The mountain range to the right of Plato is the western edge of the Montes Alpes.


This crater (technically a walled plain) is visible in moderately powerful binoculars.


Telescope:  Meade LX200 GPS 10" SCT, f/10

Camera:  Meade LPI

Capture Software:  Autostar Suite

Settings: Auto Lunar

Exposure Count:  25 frames

Method:  Auto stack and align

Last Updated: 11/12/2014  -  Copyright 2004-2013 by Dan Lessmann.  All rights reserved.  Please click here for my usage policy.