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May 23, 2010 May 28, 2010

Posted by orionrising in Observing.
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The Waxing Gibbous Moon in All Its Glory

Object: Moon
Site: Front Yard
Seeing: 1
Transparency: Poor
Type: Solar System Object
Size: 32′
Magnitude: -11.96
Constellation: Corvus
Magnification: 10x
FOV: 4.8 Degrees
Observing Time: 9:50 pm – 10.08 pm

Notes: Moon in Waxing Gibbous Phase. This weekend is Victoria Day Weekend, hoping to see a fireworks show too (but alas, none show up even though I hear plenty of popping). The edge of Mare Imbrium was seen in decent definition. A group of smaller craters near the bottom of the terminator were also visible. No bright stars visible near the moon through binoculars tonight. As for the atmospheric conditions, seeing is horrible and the transparency leaves something to be desired, but extremely bright and big objects like the moon are seldom affected.  Atmospheric turbulences have a much greater effect on stars and deep-sky objects, like galaxies.  We see the moon has phases, because of its motion around the Earth. An interesting fact is that the light reflected off from the moon will always be coming from the sun; by doing a quick triangulation between the sun, earth, and the moon, it is easy to get an ethereal feeling of the geometry of these three important bodies in space.  Tonight, the moon is halfway between  Corvus and Virgo, two adjacent constellations in the celestial sphere.

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1. daniel - June 5, 2010

sorry, starting to hate the moon just a little

Admin - June 6, 2010

XD Yeah I know, but it looks SO PRETTY through binoculars, even though I concur that it’s the same object all the time =D

Thanks for the feedback though, I’ll try to get some more variety in the observing sessions ahead.

Maybe I’ll start going on some real DSO hunting now. My skills are probably good enough that I can start looking for them, rather than scanning the skies randomly and happening upon something interesting.

The plans for the binocular mount will be up soon…still very busy so if you could give me some time I’d appreciate it.

Thanks again for the feedback!

2. Daniel - June 18, 2010

No sorry I didn’t mean that it’s the same all the time. I had just suffered through a few days of clear observing (but with the full moon) when I wrote that….. you can’t see ANYTHING with the moon up full, that’s why I’m hating it.

We should get started on the lunar 100 list probably.

orionrising - June 18, 2010

Ah, I see. Yes, the moon is a bit of a nuisance in that regard, I totally agree.

Lunar 100 sounds like a great idea. Let’s work on it together.


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