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The Night of the Lost Moon…

So. My plan last night was – after getting home from work – to get my telescope out, head up to Kendal Castle, and have a good Moon-gazing session. The main aim of the evening was to see, and maybe even get a photo of, the Apollo 11 landing site in the Sea of Tranquility. But all day the clouds came and went, and after a half-hearted thunderstorm at teatime the clouds only partly cleared, and by the time I got home the Moon was playing hide and seek with banks of low cloud in the west… didn’t look good. In the end, rather than trek up the hill to the castle I elected to stay at ground level, in Abbot Hall Park and try observing from there. Conditions were pretty poor, and the ****** midges that swarmed around me in the muggy heat didn’t help, but eventually the Moon swam into view…

… but it was way, waaay too misty and murky to see the Apollo 11 site, or even pin it down with any level of confidence, so I quickly gave up on that. Another time. Instead, when the Moon briefly emerged from behind the worst of the cloud, I took a couple of pics, just by holding my digital camera up to the eyepiece and clicking away at various settings until something worth saving was taken. Ah, the joys of digital, no more worrying about wasting film…!

Anyway, here’s the best of the pics… click to enlarge, of course…

moon jun 28 003b

moon jun 28 017b

I’m quite pleased with those; you can see a fair amount of detail, considering it was a horrible night for observing. 🙂


4 Responses

  1. wow, you took a great pictures here! Keep it up..

  2. What kind of telescope do you have?

  3. My telescope is a pretty basic Tasco 4.5″ reflector.

  4. Wow, you got nearly all of Mare Marginis and Mare Smythii…that is some major libration!

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