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Lat: 30.6°N, Long: 46.9°W, Diam: 10 km, Depth: 2.22 km, Rükl: 9

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Wollaston captured through the lens of Apollo 15's orbital panoramic ITEK-camera: AS15-P-10326 and 10331 (on both oblong frames scroll to the right).
Frames 10324 and 10329 only show Wollaston's eastern part.
Research Apollo 15's ITEK frames: Danny Caes


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Description: Elger

(IAU Directions) WOLLASTON.--A small bright crater on the Mare N. of The Harbinger Mountains, surpassed in interest by a remarkable formation a few miles S. of it, Wollaston B, an object of about the same size, but which is associated with a much larger enclosure, resembling a walled-plain, lying on the N. side of it. This formation has a lofty border on the E., surmounted by two small craters. The wall is lower on the W. and exhibits a gap. There is a central hill, only visible under a low sun. About midway between Wollaston and this enclosure stands a small isolated triangular mountain. From a hill on the W. runs a rill valley to the more easterly of a pair of craters, connected by a ridge, on the S.W. of Wollaston B.

Description: Wikipedia


Additional Information


  • William Hyde Wollaston (August 6, 1766 - December 22, 1828) was an English chemist and physicist who is famous for discovering two chemical elements and for developing a way to process platinum ore. His optical work was important as well, where he is remembered for his observations of dark Fraunhofer lines in the solar spectrum (1802) which eventually led to the discovery of the elements in the Sun. He invented the camera lucida (1807), the reflecting goniometer (1809), and the Wollaston prism. He also developed the first lens specifically for camera lens called Wollaston's meniscus lens or just meniscus lens in 1812. The lens was designed to improve the image projected by the camera obscura. By changing the shape of the lens, Wollaston was able to project a flatter image, elminating much of the distortion that was a problem with many of that days biconvex lens.
  • According to Whitaker (p. 220), this name was introduced by Mädler.
  • Printed as Woliaston on the National Geographic Society's revised and reprinted map THE EARTH'S MOON.- DannyCaes Oct 7, 2015 (really, this revised and reprinted edition is a nitpicker's paradise!).
  • Avani's Ghost (or Avani Soares's Ghost): a possible shallow depression near Wollaston D.
  • Is it really Wollaston Alpha, or perhaps Krieger Alpha? (the pronounced hill midway of Wollaston and Krieger, somehow I must have detected the name Wollaston Alpha in a book or an online source, and wrote it on Chart 15 of my Times Atlas of the Moon) (pages 228 and 229 in Maanmonografieen from Tony Dethier). - DannyCaes Dec 30, 2016
  • Wollaston Gamma (the irregular cluster of hills way north-northwest of Wollaston itself, at 37°30' North/ 50° West). Isn't it about time to add the Greek letters of the hills and hillocks into the Act-React Quick Map of the LROC site? - DannyCaes Dec 30, 2016

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