Archimedes Crater   Leave a comment

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Oblique view of Archimedes Crater.  Using a 512 pixel-per-degree dataset (SLDEM from Map-A-Planet-2) I produced an stl file of LAC 41.  It was necessary to downsample the dataset by 3, for a 177 meter-per-pixel resolution.  Archimedes is 81 kilometers in diameter, or 457 pixels, which shows quite a bit of detail, especially when you zoom in.  Snapshot from Meshlab with a little contrast adjustment in Photoshop.

The view from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter:

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Posted February 11, 2017 by finkh in Uncategorized

Harpalus Crater   Leave a comment

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Harpalus Crater in Mare Frigoris.  3 degrees of latitude by about 5 in longitude, cut into a hard maple block 9.5″ (242mm) square by 1″ (25mm) thick.  If this were a photograph of the lunar surface, the resolution would be less than 0.2 arcseconds.  From SLDEM dataset.  See http://wp.me/poDQ-fw for earlier attempts at imaging Harpalus.

Posted February 5, 2017 by finkh in Uncategorized

Theophilus Crater   Leave a comment

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Theophilus Crater.  7 degree by 7 degree model imaged from 512 ppd Selene-LRO digital elevation model produced 25 million faces.  This snapshot view tries to match the Apollo 16 photo below which has been darkened.

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Posted January 31, 2017 by finkh in Uncategorized

Apollo 16 Landing Site   Leave a comment

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Model of Cayley Plains and Descartes Mountains; the Apollo 16 landing site.  Scale 1:250,000, two degree sector, about 24 cm square (9.5″).  Fresh off the CNC, still with some fuzz.

LRO view of the area:

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Posted December 4, 2016 by finkh in Uncategorized

Aristarchus Plateau, SLDEM   Leave a comment

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240mm x 310mm model of Aristarchus Plateau made from maple lumber.  Data from map a planet 2 SLDEM.

 

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Maple model ebonized with a black dye and finished with a dull lacquer.

Posted June 9, 2016 by finkh in Uncategorized

Apollo 17 Landing Site   Leave a comment

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1:250,000 scale model of Taurus Littrow Valley, landing site of Apollo 17.  Model derived from data obtained at Map a Planet 2 SLDEM.  There is still a bit of fuzz on the wooden model.

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Overhead photo with labels and route of astronauts.

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Maple model ebonized with black dye and finished with a dull lacquer.

Posted June 6, 2016 by finkh in Uncategorized

Komarov Crater on the far side of the Moon   2 comments

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Komarov Crater imaged in meshlab, with extra contrast added in photoshop.  6.62 degrees in longitude, 6 degrees in latitude sector from SLDEM at Map a Planet 2.

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Closeup of floor of north end of Komarov Crater with a portion of Mare Moscoviense at the upper right. Scene is about 90 km in width.

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Overhead view from Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera.

Posted May 29, 2016 by finkh in Uncategorized