Rayless Crater Captured with DMK 21F04

Blogged by Jonathan Maron on May 6, 2007 and tagged with Sample Images, Moon.

Wes Higgins has had one of his moon images posted on lpod.org. The image was captured with The Imaging Source DMK 21F04 monochrome camera.

Chuck Wood at Lunar Photo of the Day writes:

Rayed craters are rayless at low illuminations, but this view of Kepler is intermediate between low and high so that both the topography and rays are visible. Kepler itself is a small (32 km diameter) and young complex crater.Its walls have collapsed and slid toward the floor, piling up both amorphous mounds and discontinous terraces. At the center of a small flat floor are a handful of central peaks. Kepler's ray system differs from Tycho and some other craters in that at Kepler the rays emerge from a large bright area - perhaps 3-4 times the diameter of the crater; this seems to be an area completely covered by rays. The rubbly terrain that Kepler and its close-in rays cover is ejecta from the Imbrium basin-forming impact.

Equipment: Starmaster 18″ Newtonian + DMK 21F04 camera, 30 fps, stack of 660 frames from 2100.