2014 06 04, Barocius along the Terminator
2014 06 04, 0245-0449 UT Barocius along the Terminator
Erika Rix, Texas
102mm f/9.8 refractor, LXD75, 12mm Burgess, 2x Barlow, 167x
78F, 56% H, Antoniadi I with moments of II near end of observation, T 5/6
Barocius (center crater along terminator)
Geological period: Nectarian (From -3.98 billion years to –3.85 billion years)
Dimension: 85 km
Height: ~3500 meters
Damaged circular formation on the SE slope of Maurolycus.
Rukl map: 66 Maurolycus
The Moon’s southern terrain used to intimidate me, but these days I welcome the challenge to sketch larger sections of it during my observing session. Drawing highlights rather than shadows saves time. This is especially true along the terminator, since using black paper means that the shadowed area of the Moon is already completed for you!
If you want to tackle large, complex areas while lunar sketching, make sure to increase your drawing area. If it’s too small, you’ll have a difficult time filling in the details with a sharp stroke. My sketch area was a little smaller than normal and it’s painfully obvious by the soft, blunt appearance of the final sketch.