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AstroDan77
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Favorite Lunar Feature?
      #6014635 - 08/08/13 09:40 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......


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Greyhaven
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Re: Favorite Lunar Feature? new [Re: AstroDan77]
      #6014817 - 08/08/13 11:03 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.
Be Well
Grey
P.S. Why aren't you at Stellafane this weekend?

Edited by Greyhaven (08/08/13 11:07 PM)


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azure1961p
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Re: Favorite Lunar Feature? new [Re: Greyhaven]
      #6014824 - 08/08/13 11:08 PM

Catenas.


Pete


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RobDob
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Re: Favorite Lunar Feature? new [Re: azure1961p]
      #6014902 - 08/08/13 11:54 PM

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

Rob


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Rick Woods
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Re: Favorite Lunar Feature? new [Re: RobDob]
      #6015056 - 08/09/13 02:45 AM

The Man.

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George Tarsoudis
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Re: Favorite Lunar Feature? new [Re: Rick Woods]
      #6017334 - 08/10/13 10:31 AM

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

http://www.lunar-captures.com/lunar_100.html


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pdxmoon
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Re: Favorite Lunar Feature? new [Re: George Tarsoudis]
      #6017517 - 08/10/13 12:14 PM

Clavius, hands down.

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StarStuff1
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Re: Favorite Lunar Feature? new [Re: pdxmoon]
      #6018350 - 08/10/13 11:13 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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RobertED
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Re: Favorite Lunar Feature? new [Re: StarStuff1]
      #6018431 - 08/11/13 12:52 AM

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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Starlon
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Re: Favorite Lunar Feature? new [Re: RobertED]
      #6018463 - 08/11/13 01:25 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.gov/alsj/a15/a15dmh1231715.jpg

From here: http://erik2605.blogspot.com/2013/03/fantastische-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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NeilMac
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Re: Favorite Lunar Feature? new [Re: Starlon]
      #6018847 - 08/11/13 11:36 AM

Montes Apenninus, Theophilus, Tyco.

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FeynmanFan
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Re: Favorite Lunar Feature? new [Re: NeilMac]
      #6019208 - 08/11/13 02:58 PM

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

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RobertED
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Re: Favorite Lunar Feature? new [Re: FeynmanFan]
      #6019486 - 08/11/13 06:41 PM

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

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THEPLOUGH
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Re: Favorite Lunar Feature? new [Re: RobertED]
      #6019551 - 08/11/13 07:24 PM

Quote:

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






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pdxmoon
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Re: Favorite Lunar Feature? new [Re: RobertED]
      #6019817 - 08/11/13 10:07 PM

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

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star dropModerator
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Re: Favorite Lunar Feature? new [Re: pdxmoon]
      #6023237 - 08/13/13 03:24 PM

Posidonius

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Starlon
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Re: Favorite Lunar Feature? new [Re: star drop]
      #6026290 - 08/15/13 12:15 AM

'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.com/watch?v=XvKg68DcTZA

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pdxmoon
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Re: Favorite Lunar Feature? new [Re: Starlon]
      #6027705 - 08/15/13 05:35 PM

Quote:

'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.com/watch?v=XvKg68DcTZA




That was really awesome! Thanks for the link!


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Starlon
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Re: Favorite Lunar Feature? new [Re: pdxmoon]
      #6028026 - 08/15/13 08:54 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.com/watch?v=BbOq-fRp5YI

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Re: Favorite Lunar Feature? new [Re: Starlon]
      #6031566 - 08/17/13 06:56 PM

What a link. Many thanks.
jim


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Starlon
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Re: Favorite Lunar Feature? new [Re: Jim Curry]
      #6033225 - 08/18/13 05:07 PM

You're welcome Jim. I love it too.

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karstenkoch
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Re: Favorite Lunar Feature? new [Re: Starlon]
      #6034058 - 08/19/13 07:20 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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A6Q6
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Re: Favorite Lunar Feature? new [Re: karstenkoch]
      #6035253 - 08/19/13 07:39 PM Attachment (15 downloads)

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.

Edited by A6Q6 (08/19/13 07:58 PM)


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AstroDan77
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Re: Favorite Lunar Feature? new [Re: A6Q6]
      #6039099 - 08/21/13 08:30 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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A6Q6
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Re: Favorite Lunar Feature? new [Re: AstroDan77]
      #6039746 - 08/22/13 09:01 AM Attachment (13 downloads)

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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A6Q6
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Re: Favorite Lunar Feature? new [Re: A6Q6]
      #6039747 - 08/22/13 09:03 AM Attachment (12 downloads)

The Rukl Atlas

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A6Q6
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Re: Favorite Lunar Feature? new [Re: A6Q6]
      #6039754 - 08/22/13 09:06 AM Attachment (12 downloads)

Libration zones page180

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A6Q6
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Re: Favorite Lunar Feature? new [Re: A6Q6]
      #6039759 - 08/22/13 09:07 AM Attachment (10 downloads)

Libration Zones Page 182

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Gil V
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Re: Favorite Lunar Feature? new [Re: Jim Curry]
      #6039849 - 08/22/13 10:22 AM

Straight Wall.

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penrodv12
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Re: Favorite Lunar Feature? new [Re: Jim Curry]
      #6045249 - 08/25/13 01:53 PM

Did someone mention cheese?

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JRiggs
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Re: Favorite Lunar Feature? new [Re: AstroDan77]
      #6045438 - 08/25/13 03:53 PM

Ramsden and its associated rilles'.

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Sarkikos
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Re: Favorite Lunar Feature? new [Re: AstroDan77]
      #6048614 - 08/27/13 11:11 AM

There are some interesting features along the western shore of Mare Imbrium between Sinus Iridum and Aristarchas:

Baby & Skull - or Slug & Rack of Pool Balls?

Mike


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penrodv12
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Re: Favorite Lunar Feature? new [Re: Jim Curry]
      #6050379 - 08/28/13 10:13 AM

Blue green Aristarchus (link to color image):
http://www.flickr.com/photos/67251862@N07/9616033144/sizes/o/in/photostream/

and here:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/67251862@N07/9630645002/sizes/o/in/photostream/

Edited by penrodv12 (08/30/13 11:06 AM)


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PJ Anway
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Re: Favorite Lunar Feature? new [Re: AstroDan77]
      #6056623 - 08/31/13 08:01 PM

I've always loved Mare Imbrium flanked by two “capes” of Promontorium Laplace and Promontorium Heraclides.

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Perigny270
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Re: Favorite Lunar Feature? new [Re: PJ Anway]
      #6056703 - 08/31/13 08:59 PM

Mons Pico and Mons Piton. Prom Laplace pretty good too. Love those things that stick up into the sulight and make long shadows.

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buddyjesus
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Re: Favorite Lunar Feature? new [Re: Perigny270]
      #6059534 - 09/02/13 03:39 PM

All time favorite is the Reiner gamma. so complex. lately been chasing rilles.

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