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Re: Daytime Lunar Observing - Try It!

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  • Preston Smith
    Hi Rick, Great suggestion -will do. Thanx! Preston Smith ... had a wonderful experience. May I suggest you trying daylight viewing of Jupiter and Saturn as
    Message 1 of 3 , Mar 4, 2006
      Hi Rick,

      Great suggestion -will do. Thanx!

      Preston Smith

      --- In William-Optics@yahoogroups.com, Rick Jack <jack11973@...>
      > Hi,
      > It sounds like know your way around the moon quite well and
      had a wonderful experience. May I suggest you trying daylight viewing
      of Jupiter and Saturn as well. I find a red filter works very well
      and you'll be amazed how much surface detail you'll see. I find the
      air is steadier in the morning hours.
      > Regards,
      > Rick
      > Preston Smith <geekkopf@...> wrote:
      > Hi Everyone,
      > I did my first daytime lunar observation today with my Zenithstar
      > Below is my record of the event. Everyone should try it!
      > My house blocked the sun and wind and the moon was at Zenith.
      > was not very good – as I observed I could very easily see the
      > turbulence although it became kind of fun to wait for a patch of
      > air, quickly observe for about 30 seconds and then look at the
      > map. Initially it was difficult to reverse the moon's image in my
      > head to locate craters on the map but it became easier as time went
      > on.
      > I went to Langrenus and verified it by seeing the mountain peeks
      > the triangle of three small, unnamed craters located in Mare
      > Fecunditatis near Langrenus (it's important to note that just in
      > front of these three craters is where the Soviet Union's robotic
      > probe, Luna 16, landed on the Moon on 20 Sept 1970 and returned the
      > first lunar sample for the Soviet Union - the third overall,
      > following the Apollo 11 and 12 missions).
      > I then moved downward to capture craters Lohse, Lame, some of the
      > eroded walls of Vendelinus and the crater Holden (no, not the one
      > Mars!). I kept going down to capture Petavius and its mountain
      > (but I did not see the large facture or any rilles) and its small
      > adjoining crater, Wrottesley.
      > I moved over to the right (left on the map) in front of the Montes
      > Pyrenaeus and moved up to see the craters Borda, Monge, part of the
      > rim of Cook and the three tiny craters McClure, Crozier and Bellot
      > that actually sit in the Mare. Behind them is Colombo, two unnamed
      > craters, then Magelhaens. Further up is Goclenius and Gutenberg (my
      > friend was right – it does look like Pacman!).
      > I then headed over the top of the Pyrenaeus to come back down the
      > other side of them which adjoins Mare Nectaris. Heading downward I
      > was able to see Capella, Isidorus, Goudibert and Bohrenburger
      > stopping at crater Santbech at the southern foot of the Pyrenaeus.
      > This was my first lunar observation where I actually matched up
      > I was seeing on a lunar map. What an experience! I used a Meade
      > 4000 UWA 6.7mm eyepiece (72X) with a B&W FL-D filter.
      > Preston Smith
      > Astronomy telescope Fun Telescope
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