Lunar Astronautical Chart 14, 48-64 degrees North Latitude, 40-70 degrees East Longitude, rendered with 4x vertical exaggeration. Endymion, 122 kilometers diameter (76 miles) in the foreground, with De La Rue to the Northwest. The level region immediately to the north has no name. Data available in the Planetary Data System, pds.nasa.gov LDEM_64.jp2. Snapshot taken in Meshlab.
With the exaggerated relief, there are hints of several flooded craters on the floor of Endymion.
The view from above:
Scaled version: no vertical exaggeration.
Clavius painted with an airbrush. Image below compares snapshot of painted image with LAC chart area. The biggest difference I’m seeing is the curvature of the shadows in the deeper craters.
An article in June, 1946 Mechanix Illustrated on Contour Mapping described in a caption how 3D models were painted to enhance relief. I’ve applied their techniques, but with spray cans, not an airbrush.
Clavius Crater at roughly 1:1,000,000 scale. Styrene print vacuformed from 3D printed original.
Clavius from Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera.
10 million faces of Shackleton Crater region of the Moon. 20 meter data from LDEM_875_5M.jp2 produced by the LOLA Science Team. 1800 x 3000 pixel rectangle used to generate the image. Click for full HD size.
I’ve begun selling Lunar Relief Models at lunarreliefcharts.com. The picture above was lit by direct sunlight; the model is made of white plastic (styrene) and is twelve by eighteen inches, with the relief nine inches square. So far there are two each of the poles (wide and close) and one of Tsiolkovskiy on the far side of the Moon. The QR link connects to the Lunar Astronautical Charts published by the US Geological Survey. Coming Soon: Aristarchus, Sinus Iridum, Tycho, Copernicus, Clavius, and more.