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Plato Udate: 2006/09/15 Utime: 08:43

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Guest 20-Sep-2009 23:00
Impossible Structure,

Look at the lower part of image to the right of mid-line.
This spire should not exist on the moon. If this structure is not artificial of recent origin, thousands not millions of years, it should have been demolished by large (four impacts just to the lower left of spire) and small (like sand blasting) meteorite impacts or moon quakes caused by impacts or geology. How could this structure have withstood the impact of Copernicus or the large impact just above it? It looks as if it may even be standing on the edge of an ancient impact crater.
Height. 3 miles, 75 miles? Using the top border of the spires shadow someone with a mathematical background could get the position of the sun and calculate the height of the spire. Anyone know of such a person willing to do the calculations?
This is one of the best photos of the moon that I have ever seen. I've never seen the spire in any professional or NASA photos, if anyone knows of such an image please direct me to it. It amazes me what a person who knows what their doing can get out of the amateur astrophotography equipment these days. Owning an eight inch Schmidt-Cassegrain I would have never have guessed that this photo was taken with an eight inch telescope. I'm just getting into astrophotography and this gives me something to judge my photos against.
What is the best file to save images in, JPEG, GIF, TIFF, ect... ? Also do you use low compression?
Thank you for your patient in getting these excellent images.

Jack Andrews
Central Alabama
Thomas Spurr11-Oct-2007 20:49
Great Shot........................
Guest 25-Aug-2007 09:24
Such clarity and depth of field too! Great shot
Arlon12-Jul-2007 19:52
WOW. that's a moon shot. Makes mine look almost silly!
Mike29-Apr-2007 21:09
Jean Chiasson23-Apr-2007 23:55
Wow fantastic image bravo Bob vote
Danny Caes 17-Mar-2007 22:34
This seems to be the region of the so-called "Madler's square" near Fontenelle (upper right corner of the photograph).
I could be wrong, but is "Madler's square" the same formation which was once called "Bartlett" by H.P.Wilkins?
Wonderful 'clair-obscur' effects!
Almost like a painting by one of the pioneers of space-art: Chesley Bonestell!

Donald Verger17-Mar-2007 12:05
such long great shadows.! i remember the astronauts waited for shadows to land, my son once asked a man on the plane .. wow what a cool watch... he said... he had it on the moon!

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