--MichaelDark site scope: Meade 8" f/6 DobWeeknight scopes: C9.25/iEQ45M, C102/LXD-75(I am looking for a 1980s Edmund Scientific 3" f/10 red-tube reflector, PM me if you have or know of one!)
Scopes: 10" dob, 13" dob, 4" refractor
"Only gold is money, and nothing else. " - John Pierpont Morgan
Quote: I've been imagining myself as someone from the 17th or 18th century looking at the Moon, considering what I see and wondering how I would interpret it without all the knowledge of the latter half of the 20th century.
"You're not afraid of the dark, are you?" - Riddick "The best scientists are humble. They seek to understand, not to ensure their legacy, but merely to understand." - Mori
Harper Bruce (A6Q6) Quantum 6 by OTI, Clave plossl 5,8,12,16,20 and 25mm.
i guess for me who has been observing for many decades the moon was my first astronomical object with an 80mm f/12 refractor ,cardboard tube telescope kit,at age 9,there were no computers so the moon was entertainment in the outdoors that stayed in my mind as a huge wow factor,since then i have always had a fondness for the moon,as i am getting older i am realising more that the moon and mars are the only astronomical objects that show solid surface details,and you could actually walk on them,kinda makes them special to me,and you cant help but appreciate the ancient astronomers who studied the solid surface of the moon and mars,clear skies,k.c
Cactus Patch Observatory / 14" LX200
"The four points of the compass be logic, knowledge, wisdom, and the unknown. Some do bow in that final direction. Others advance upon it. To bow before the one is to lose sight of the three."
150mm MCT f/13, 31% CO
"People say I'm in denial. I disagree."
Quote:back then, it was like getting a look at a vast, unexplored wilderness; now it's more like looking at a park. Still neat and interesting, but not as alluring.
I ache, therefore I am
Quote:It does seem that perceived dynamism is key to a prolonged study of a single object. I've continued to read Patrick Moore's 1953 book Guide to the Moon. His chapter on Changes on the Moon is absolutely fascinating.He paints the Moon as anything other than a dead world. For example, Moore clearly asserts that the crater Linne did indeed disappear! His description borders on poetic: "Where the old deep crater had stood, all that remained was a small whitish patch. It was a startling discovery, equivalent to the complete disappearance of a town such as Nottingham from the map of England (p. 128)"Indeed: "Some people have flatly denied that any change has taken place. Quite frankly, this is simply flying in the face of all the evidence." Moore himself confirms that Linne is "now a dome, with a minute, deep central craterlet; this was confirmed by the writer in 1953 (p. 128)."
David W. Knisely . . . . . . "If you aren't having fun in this hobby, you aren't doing it right." Hyde Memorial Observatory http://www.hydeobservatory.info Prairie Astronomy Club http://www.prairieastronomyclub.org
Quote:I enjoy looking at Jupiter and Mars because they have that dynamic aspect; if I perceived the Moon to have that same quality, I most assuredly would have more enthusiasm for viewing it!
Quote: At the risk of sounding like I can't figure out the obvious, perhaps this mystique or mystery is what is hampering my consideration of the Moon. Thankfully, I don't think all is lost. Several months ago I read Sheehan and Dobbins' Epic Moon. I found myself considering the Moon in a different light. Rather than looking at it and feeling, "okay, that's really pretty, but so what?", I've been imagining myself as someone from the 17th or 18th century looking at the Moon, considering what I see and wondering how I would interpret it without all the knowledge of the latter half of the 20th century.
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