Tycho’s Central Peak   Leave a comment


Meshlab snapshot of Tycho’s central peak generated from LRO LOLA and Kaguya Terrain Camera DEM Merge available for public use at the Astrogeological Science Center found here.  For comparison, see camera view below:


Posted May 24, 2016 by finkh in Uncategorized

Hercules and Atlas   Leave a comment


Wooden model of Hercules and Atlas craters.  Scale of model about 1:650,000. (240mm x 400mm) Photo taken with red flashlight and then color removed.  First model with data from SLDEM dataset at 512 pixels per degree.

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Overhead view from Quickmap.

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Quickmap view as might be seen through a telescope.

Posted May 20, 2016 by finkh in Uncategorized

Copernicus 3D   Leave a comment


There is a new dataset, 512 pixels per degree from 60 degrees north to 60 degrees south that combines Selene and LRO into one SLDEM.  It’s too big to easily manage, so Map A Planet 2 (beta) lets you select an area of interest and have the file processed for download.  Just the faintest of seams remain.

Posted May 17, 2016 by finkh in Uncategorized

Aristarchus Plateau   Leave a comment



1:750,000 scale model:  6 degrees of longitude and about 6.5 degrees latitude 240mm on a side.  Maple lumber finished in tung oil/polyurethane blend.  Data from Lunar Orbiter Laser Altimeter at pds.nasa.gov; ldem_64.jp2.

Posted May 4, 2016 by finkh in Uncategorized

Apollo 15 quarter-million scale   Leave a comment


242mm square model of Rima Hadley, the Apollo 15 landing site in the center.  Model in maple lumber.   The model was cut in 4/4 lumber and the base of the model is thin:  moisture in the wood resulted in the model warping.  2 degrees on a side does not reveal curvature.  Data from 2007 USGS Hadley Rille Panoramic Stereo Model.

Posted May 4, 2016 by finkh in Uncategorized

Hadley Rille, 1:1,000,000   1 comment


1:1,000,000 scale model of Apollo 15 landing site region.  3″ x 4″ (80mm x 100mm)

Posted March 10, 2015 by finkh in Uncategorized

LAC 14, Endymion   Leave a comment


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.


Posted December 29, 2014 by finkh in Uncategorized


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