The Copernicus Crater
and its environment

Main Objects: Moon, Copernicus Crater

The most beautiful crater in the Solar System

Copernicus
Copernicus labeled
Copernicus and its environment labeled

The Copernicus-crater is one of the most beautiful craters of the Moon, but it has yet to meet its rival in the Solar System as well.

The crater was named by Riccioli after the famous Polish astronomer Nikolaus Copernicus in 1651 (he created the Heliocentric system). The Copernicus Crater is a relatively young formation with a diameter of 93 kilometers, a depth of 3760 meters, and the crater side wall rising almost one kilometer above its surroundings. The center of the crater is over a thousand meters high.

The hundreds of kilometers of the crater are covered with a rejection material. In the second half of the 20th century, it underwent profound geological research, when it was found that the youngest crater in the area. Its age is "only" 900 million years. Such young craters are characterized by a white radius that draws attention as a fresh wound.

The crater wall has a terraced structure that is clearly visible in the photograph. With this change of illumination, this special crater shows a different face. Two days after the first quarter, or one day after the last quarter, it's worth observing. A 50 mm diameter telescope is sufficient to detect it, but a larger diameter binoculars should of course be used for in-depth testing. My Newtonian reflector isn't the most suitable for capturing the details of the Moon, but I hope that I will still have the opportunity to capture more details about the beauty scheme of the Solar System.

To make this photo, I recorded a video and stacked 15 % of its best frames.

Name:

Copernicus Crater, Moon

Coordinates:

N 9.621o W 20.079o 

Type:

Crater

Distance:

382 902 km

Brightness:

-11.79m

Apparent size:

1'

Diameter:

93 km

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77%

Date:

30/10/2017 19:00 UT

Location:

Tápióbicske, Pest, Hungary

Camera:

ZWO ASI 120 MC

Telescope:

Sky-Watcher 150/750 mm Newtonian reflector

Mount:

Sky-Watcher NEQ-5 Pro GoTo

Guiding:

-

Corrector:

-

Barlow:

-

Light:

1000 frame (best 10%)

Processing:

Fire Capture, AutoStakkert2!, RegiStax6, PixInsight, Adobe Lightroom, Adobe Photoshop

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