Hitchhiker's Guide to Rukl Chart 60

Vandelinus (David North <d _at_ timocharis.com>)
Vandelinus is the least distinctive of the Gang of Four. It's old and smeared, and partially wrecked by Lame encroaching on its northeast side. There is little detail beyond a minor wrinkle ridge and a smooth floor with a few craters, mostly melted by the same "stuff" that fills it.
Hecatius (David North <d _at_ timocharis.com>)
On maps, Hecatius looks quite complex and interesting, but even in good light the features are so close together that it merely looks broken up and fragmented, and so ends up being less interesting "in person" than "in theory." I suspect from its construction that it would look a bit better lit from the other side, but this is only possible just after new, and low in the sky when seeing would be very poor, so maybe this is an object with greater academic than aesthetic interest.
Humboldt (David North <d _at_ timocharis.com>)
Humboldt is big, complicated, and shows very, very well. The interior peak is really a range ... I could make out four major peaks even at 30x in lousy seeing, and have suspicions of quite a few more. The central range stretches, it seems, at least half the diameter of the crater -- which is easily bigger than nearby Petavius. There are also some craterlets and shadings to add to the flavor, and some fracturing or mass wasting from the walls to make the rim construction even more fascinating. Humboldt is a great target for librations that expose the eastern limb like this.

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