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    Default Lunar Surface Feature Question



    So I was just out checking out the Moon with my dob. Right along the terminator, just below Copernicus Crater (inverted and flipped view in my dob), and essentially right in between craters Timocharis and Lambert, and just to the left of the terminator, is a rather bright lone peak thrusting up, looking like a white chocolate chip, and casting a long triangular shadow back to the terminator. I can see this little peak in the Virtual Moon Atlas, yet it does not have a designation. It is sitting right on the edge of Dorsa Stille.

    Note that I was viewing with my 14mm barlowed 2x. Time was 2115 hrs CDT, UTC -5.

    Does anyone have any idea what this Minas Tirith of the Moon is called?
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    Default Re: Lunar Surface Feature Question

    I don't know, but now you have me curious!
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    Default Re: Lunar Surface Feature Question

    Oh man, I need to get my scope out there too! Sounds interesting!
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    Default Re: Lunar Surface Feature Question

    Yeah, it's very interesting, Oliver. I thought at first I was looking at a white tower, hence my Minas Tirith reference.

    I sat on it for a while. Very interesting shadow it is casting. I'm surprised I can't find a name.
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    Default Re: Lunar Surface Feature Question

    Thanks Scott. However, Dorsa Stille is a bit of a surface wrinkle running just below my little peak. I thought that was it too, until I read more about Dorsa Stille.

    I'm running the VMA too.
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    Default Re: Lunar Surface Feature Question

    Ok, I think I may have found my answer.

    https://the-moon.wikispaces.com/Dorsa+Stille

    Mons Undest, a name that was not adopted by the IAU and is thus invalid. Hmmm.

    Edit: This is a typo in that wiki article. It should read Mon Undset, not Undest.

    Still invalid though.
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    Default Re: Lunar Surface Feature Question

    Been Googling. Looks like Mons Undset/Undest is the provisional name

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    Default Re: Lunar Surface Feature Question

    What focal length EP are you using? Im barlowing my ES68 16mm and I think I see the area you are talking about but, cant find the exact spot yet.
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    Ah ok, based on the pic in that wiki, looks like I did find it (but nowhere near as zoomed in).
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