Archimedes Crater   Leave a comment


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:


Posted February 11, 2017 by finkh in Uncategorized

Harpalus Crater   Leave a comment


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 for earlier attempts at imaging Harpalus.

Posted February 5, 2017 by finkh in Uncategorized

Theophilus Crater   Leave a comment


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.


Posted January 31, 2017 by finkh in Uncategorized

Apollo 16 Landing Site   Leave a comment


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:



Posted December 4, 2016 by finkh in Uncategorized

Aristarchus Plateau, SLDEM   Leave a comment


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



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


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.


Overhead photo with labels and route of astronauts.


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


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.


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.

Screen Shot 2016-05-29 at 8.24.51 AM

Overhead view from Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera.

Posted May 29, 2016 by finkh in Uncategorized