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Lat: 23.6°N, Long: 21.3°E, Diam: 4 km, Depth: 0.1 km, Rükl: 24

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LO-IV-085H Finsch is the shallow depression faintly visible in the center.


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  • The shallow ghost crater Finsch was captured on Apollo 15's orbital ITEK-panoramic frames AS15-P-9320 and AS15-P-9325. The largest one of the bowl-shaped craters in both frames is Sarabhai (Bessel A).
  • Oblique northward-looking views of Finsch are seen in Apollo 17's orbital ITEK-panoramic frames AS17-P-2335 and AS17-P-2340. Finsch is visible near the right margins of both frames, to the "left" (south) of the pronounced bowl-shaped crater Bessel A (Sarabhai).
  • Another oblique northward-looking view of both Finsch and Sarabhai is Apollo 17's orbital FAIRCHILD-metric/mapping photograph AS17-M-0945, in which Finsch itself is located almost at the frame's centre!
  • Finsch is also noticeable near the lower right corner of Apollo 17's orbital HASSELBLAD photograph AS17-153-23515.
  • Additional research orbital Apollo photography: Danny Caes

  • Part of the above mentioned ITEK-frame AS17-P-2335 (the Finsch area) was printed as Figure 242 at Chapter 7 of NASA SP-362: Apollo over the Moon; a view from orbit (see Bibliography below). - DannyCaes Dec 19, 2009


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Additional Information

Depth data from Kurt Fisher database
  • Westfall, 2000: 0.1 km

More Finsch type formations?

  • Finsch is perhaps a formation of the same kind as the Ring west of Carlini L near the northern part of Dorsum Zirkel in Mare Imbrium, and also the shallow crater west of Laplace F, south of Montes Recti in the northern part of Mare Imbrium. - DannyCaes Oct 27, 2015
  • See list of this kind of formations in page Shallow bowl shaped craters.


  • Otto Friedrich Hermann; German zoologist (1839-1917).
  • This name was provisionally introduced on LTO-42C1. It does not seem to have replaced any former IAU-approved designation. - Jim Mosher

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APOLLO OVER THE MOON: A VIEW FROM ORBIT, Chapter 7: Unusual Features (Part 2), Figure 242.