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frank5817
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Lunar North Polar Region
      #6457664 - 04/10/14 12:39 AM Attachment (27 downloads)

For several nights this week the lunar North Pole has been tilted more towards earth due to favorable lunar libration in latitude. It has been a good opportunity to view craters such as Whipple, Peary, Byrd and others. I had a clear night with average seeing so I took advantage of the opportunity to sketch the illuminated region near the pole. At my location the Moon was at more than 60 degrees above the horizon which also helped with the time needed to complete a sketch.

Sketching and Equipment:

For this sketch, I used black Strathmore 400 Artagain paper 9” x 12”, white and
black Conte’ pastel pencils and blending stumps.
Telescope: 13.1 inch f/6 Dobsonian and 6 mm eyepiece (333x) riding on an equatorial platform
Date: 04-09-2014, 01:00-02:35 UT
Temperature: 3° C (38° F)
Clear, calm
Seeing: Average - Antoniadi III
Transparency 4/5
Colongitude 16.2 °
Lunation 9 days
Illumination 63.9 %

Frank McCabe


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frank5817
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Re: Lunar North Polar Region new [Re: frank5817]
      #6457665 - 04/10/14 12:40 AM Attachment (8 downloads)

with labels

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acr_astro
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Loc: Germany, Dusseldorf area
Re: Lunar North Polar Region new [Re: frank5817]
      #6457746 - 04/10/14 02:27 AM

Hi Frank,

great sketch showing an area which can not be observed easily.

>Temperature: 3° C (38° F)

Not too cold for a trip to the North Pole, isn't it?

Cheers,

Achim


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mike73
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Re: Lunar North Polar Region new [Re: acr_astro]
      #6457821 - 04/10/14 04:09 AM

Wow Frank thats alot of detail captured, your pencils must have been smoking after that sketch!

As usual thanks for sharing always great to see your work.


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CarlosEH
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Re: Lunar North Polar Region new [Re: mike73]
      #6458116 - 04/10/14 09:35 AM

Frank,

An excellent observation of the Lunar North Polar Region. You recorded interesting craters and surrounding terrain. Thank you for sharing it with us all.

Regards,
Carlos


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kraterkid
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Re: Lunar North Polar Region new [Re: CarlosEH]
      #6458401 - 04/10/14 12:01 PM

A beautiful north polar sketch of a region not seen too often, Frank. I've be doing some lunar imaging of the days leading up to the 9th, but it clouded out last night and I didn't catch this phase of the lunation. Its nice to see you caught the region so magnificently. Carol L posted about this region in the Lunar Observing Forum.

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ericj
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Re: Lunar North Polar Region new [Re: frank5817]
      #6458444 - 04/10/14 12:24 PM

Hi Frank,

It is nice to see your fine sketches again. You record a lot of detail in them.

Best,

Eric


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niteskystargazer
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Re: Lunar North Polar Region new [Re: frank5817]
      #6458503 - 04/10/14 12:57 PM

Frank,

Good sketch of the Lunar North Polar Region .

CS,KLU,

,

Tom


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frank5817
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Re: Lunar North Polar Region new [Re: niteskystargazer]
      #6459214 - 04/10/14 08:44 PM

Achim, Mike, Carlos, Eric and Tom,

Thank you all for your generous comments on my sketch.
--
Achim - been too cold and cloudy to do much sketching at the eyepiece until just recently
--
Rich - Yes I see Carol L. posted the favorable lunar tilt.
I was going to wait one more evening to sketch and am glad I didn't for I would have been clouded out.

Frank


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rolandlinda3
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Re: Lunar North Polar Region new [Re: frank5817]
      #6459421 - 04/10/14 11:29 PM

Great area to sketch and your sketch is really good.

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Tamas Bognar
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Reged: 02/02/09

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Re: Lunar North Polar Region new [Re: rolandlinda3]
      #6459541 - 04/11/14 01:43 AM

Frank, excellent sketch !

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Heidescoper
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Re: Lunar North Polar Region new [Re: frank5817]
      #6459544 - 04/11/14 01:48 AM

hi Frank,

yeah, what beautiful work from the northern moon region !

Bye
Christian


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kenrenard
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Re: Lunar North Polar Region new [Re: Heidescoper]
      #6459724 - 04/11/14 07:02 AM

Frank,
Beautiful work. I imagine the Eq platform is a pleasure to work with for sketching. I am going to get one some day. My youngest daughter loves to view the moon. Even at 3 she picks it out of a blue sky.


Ken


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Tommy5
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Reged: 03/28/04

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Re: Lunar North Polar Region new [Re: kenrenard]
      #6460976 - 04/11/14 08:02 PM

great lunar sketch, glad to see that you got a chance to peak at that rare northern area.

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frank5817
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Re: Lunar North Polar Region new [Re: Tommy5]
      #6461433 - 04/12/14 01:11 AM

Roland, Tamas, Christian, Ken, Tom,

Thank you all.

Ken - If you make one or buy one you will especially enjoy it for sketching.

Frank


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Jef De Wit
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Reged: 03/06/09

Loc: Hove, Belgium
Re: Lunar North Polar Region new [Re: frank5817]
      #6461604 - 04/12/14 07:11 AM

Always impressed how you can catch the essential of a region!

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Aquarellia
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Loc: Provence, France
Re: Lunar North Polar Region new [Re: Jef De Wit]
      #6463124 - 04/13/14 12:16 AM

Excellent, I like using the libration oportunity to sketch some Moon difficult profiles as you do.
Michel

Edited by Aquarellia (04/13/14 12:18 AM)


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Uwe Pilz
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Re: Lunar North Polar Region new [Re: Aquarellia]
      #6463174 - 04/13/14 01:05 AM

Again a great sketch. The area between light and sahdow is wide there high in the north.

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frank5817
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Re: Lunar North Polar Region new [Re: Uwe Pilz]
      #6463846 - 04/13/14 12:16 PM

Jef, Michel and Uwe,

Thanks guys. It is great to have sketching opportunities again.

Frank


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