Thought I would share my journey as I embark on observation of the "Lunar 100"
As a brief introduction, I've recently rediscovered my childhood passion of astronomy. With most things in life I find it easier and more productive/efficient to follow some type of structured program. I've actually been prepared for this adventure since the end of January, having acquired the obligatory list, moon maps, Rukl Atlas, etc., but of course mother nature was intent on not cooperating.
Tonight was the first clear night so far in the month of February here in Central Texas, so the journey has begun!
I came across a "day by day" listing of the 100 that gives recommendations to observe certain objects at certain times based on how many days past the New Moon. Based on this list I had assembled an observation plan below. I was able to successfully locate each object on my plan, and made a concerted effort to spend some time observing each area and not just rush to find more. Also, I ended up having to turn to my Moon Atlas 3D app, as my printed atlas was difficult to orient.
All observations were made with my 15mm Kellner with 2X Barlow (120x Mag.). I briefly tried my 9mm Plossyl on a few objects but was not happy with my field of view and eye relief. (another eyepiece upgrade coming soon)
#4 Apennines (Montes Apenninus)
#19 Alpine Valley (Vallis Alpes)
#46 Regiomontanus Central Peak
#66 Hadley Rille (Rima Hadley)
#75 Ptolemaeus B
#76 W. Bond
#92 Gylden Valley
In addition to the above items on my original observing plan, I was also able to successfully locate and observed:
#15 Straight Wall (Rupes Recta)
#26 Mare Frigoris
#51 Davy Crater Chain
#79 Sinus Aestuum
#83 Plato Craterlets
All-in-all I call it a great observing session, and a great start to my Lunar 100 as a beginner.
Future posts will likely include some eyepiece projection photos and maybe even a couple stacked images obtained from my "old-fashioned" webcam set up. I got some pretty decent pics of the eclipse back in January, so I have high hopes of the quality of photos I can get
Edited by Tickr, 13 February 2019 - 01:17 AM.