Due to that I decided to check out a pair of fine new eyepieces (12mm/x610) on the moon and in spite of the poor seeing there was much to see. As it looked hopeless for anything else I thought I may as well get a bit drawing practice in and as there was so much to see I decided to do the drawing at this ‘foolish’ magnification – good optics make the difference I often found over the years. Even so I profess to virtually never do a planetary drawing in worse than Antoniadi III; and my results here are very unlikely to sway me from that stance…!
Given the conditions the completeness of the drawing varies from area to area as regards finer detail. For e.g. many craterlets/pits fleetingly seen or glimpsed are not recorded, but was later pleased to find that the one on the floor of Gutenberg E was real and maybe also the minute one on the wall south of A. Also the apparent off-line shadow from Gutenberg D I find rather disconcerting – not noticing the effect at the time..!
Really my first ‘proper’ lunar drawing and I salute you guys that regularly post your lunar work on here. Even with that seeing the detail was daunting. I have developed over the years a style of firstly stump-painting planetary detail and soon found I could adapt it to the moon also; which allowed me to get things down quickly. It took some 20 minutes: a fair bit of which was too cloudy – so have to contemplate some mis-rendering I guess; and some detail was omitted – maybe we call it semi-impressionistic.
I have had the eyepieces about a month now – actually it was clear that very night the day of arrival (defying “the curse”): surely risking upsetting the space-time continuum! Maybe that the best seeing has been unusually rarer for here since has restored the status quo!
Maddeningly the seeing was judged Pickering 8 or better by 03h. but far too few holes in the cloud to delay going to bed!