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#1 AstroDan77

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Posted 08 August 2013 - 08:40 PM

Just polling the masses here......What are some of your fav lunar features/moments/phases to observe?

My new "thing" is trying to catch some of the different rays such as Walther and Maginus rays, Lunar X, Curtiss Cross etc......

#2 Greyhaven

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Posted 08 August 2013 - 10:03 PM

It is impossible to pick one area, during each of its phases something different will catch my eye. I didn't begin to really know the moon until I started to use Charles Wood 's Luna 100 list and being lacking in artistic ability, I started to capture them photographly. Recording the photos in my Moon Log and making notes on what I recorded digitally has allowed me to acquire a certain level of love of spending time with Luna, and a lot less time moaning the loss of a dark sky.
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Posted 08 August 2013 - 10:08 PM

Catenas.


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#4 RobDob

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Posted 08 August 2013 - 10:54 PM

Sinus Iridum, Vallis Alpes, Plato, Clavius... And, everything else in-between :). Every night is a party on the moon when it is shining!

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#5 Rick Woods

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Posted 09 August 2013 - 01:45 AM

The Man.

#6 George Tarsoudis

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Posted 10 August 2013 - 09:31 AM

Lunar 100 project by Dr. Chuck Wood should always be your inspiration.

http://www.lunar-cap.../lunar_100.html

#7 pdxmoon

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Posted 10 August 2013 - 11:14 AM

Clavius, hands down.

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Posted 10 August 2013 - 10:13 PM

I'm not a big Lunar observer but the Straight Wall is my fav feature when the phase is right. Plato crater would be #2.

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Posted 10 August 2013 - 11:52 PM

I love Copernicus, and I love seeing it at various phases. Hadley Rille, is a very close second favorite of mine!! I think it's the thrill of the chase.

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Posted 11 August 2013 - 12:25 AM

Has to be Hadley Rille. I remember watching the live feed when the guys drove right up to the rille, so cool! And I also had my Unitron Model 150 set up and looked at Hadley Rille thinking - there's two Americans parked there, and they are exploring the Moon! See: http://www.hq.nasa.g...5dmh1231715.jpg

From here: http://erik2605.blog...che-einode.html

Too bad they don't show the video we have. There are miles, literally miles of high-def video they could show the kids today. No wonder the young ones question that we were ever there.

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Posted 11 August 2013 - 10:36 AM

Montes Apenninus, Theophilus, Tyco.

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Posted 11 August 2013 - 01:58 PM

Aristarchus plateau, Hyginus, Plato, Petavius, heck, anything when the sky cooperates (which ain't that often this year).

#13 RobertED

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Posted 11 August 2013 - 05:41 PM

I ain't fussy!....it's ALL good!!! ;)

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Posted 11 August 2013 - 06:24 PM

I ain't fussy!....it's ALL good!!! ;)




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#15 pdxmoon

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Posted 11 August 2013 - 09:07 PM

Ain't THAT the truth! To this Observer, La Luna is a show that never ends.

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Posted 13 August 2013 - 02:24 PM

Posidonius

#17 Starlon

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Posted 14 August 2013 - 11:15 PM

'Flying Down to Hadley Rille' Beautiful view out of the rille out of the window of the LEM as it descended the last 5,000 feet: http://www.youtube.c...h?v=XvKg68DcTZA

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Posted 15 August 2013 - 04:35 PM

'Flying Down to Hadley Rille' Beautiful view out of the rille out of the window of the LEM as it descended the last 5,000 feet: http://www.youtube.c...h?v=XvKg68DcTZA


That was really awesome! Thanks for the link!

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Posted 15 August 2013 - 07:54 PM

You are welcome! This is their take-off, it's even better, a great, smooth ride & better view of the rille: http://www.youtube.c...h?v=BbOq-fRp5YI

#20 Jim Curry

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Posted 17 August 2013 - 05:56 PM

What a link. Many thanks.
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Posted 18 August 2013 - 04:07 PM

You're welcome Jim. I love it too.

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Posted 19 August 2013 - 06:20 AM

Been at this hobby in a serious way for a year and a half now. When I think about observing the moon, my thoughts usually go back to a crystal clear night when I first saw Mons Piton throwing its long shadow. I remember thinking WOW that peak must be huge. Then I did some research and realized that it was just an extremely shallow angle of sunlight on a not so intimidating mountain. But, it was beautiful nevertheless.

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Posted 19 August 2013 - 06:39 PM

IN 1859 the Rev. T.W. Webb published a classic handbook: Celestial Objects for Common Telescopes. In the section on the the Moon he said "Many a pleasant hour awaits the student in these wonderful regions..." Here are three books to help continue your adventure.

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#24 AstroDan77

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Posted 21 August 2013 - 07:30 PM

Cool books, I've very recently started trying to see features only seen during librations. I can't seem to locate detailed info on the different librational phases anywhere online though (And I've looked quite a bit). I know Dave adds the coming month to his celestial calendar every month but I'd like to look up some data myself.


Any ideas?

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Posted 22 August 2013 - 08:01 AM

1.The free Virtual Moon Atlas by Christian Legrand. 2. A Portfolio of Lunar Drawings by Harold Hill. 3. Atlas of the Moon by Antonin Rukl. The Rukl atlas will give you the Libration zones you are looking for.

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