Good morning, good afternoon, and good evening all,
I hope this post finds you and those close to you well. I am pleased to share with you the 7th installment of my lunar sketches - only five to go! Something tells me though that I'm going to keep up the activity once December comes! I am thoroughly enjoying sketching the Moon whenever I get the chance to. And on that...
July was another poor month for astronomy in Ireland because of the poor weather - I only manged four sessions all month. Consequently, I had only one opportunity to sketch the Moon. That was last Thursday at my sister's house in Baltinglass Co. Wicklow.
According to the 'Clear Outside" website my sister lives under a Bortle 4 sky - Needless to say, I was looking forward to observing from her place. When I arrived at 23:11 IST, the sky was cloudy, but Jupiter was visible. I set up the scope in her SW facing back garden, where my sister, her husband, my Dad, and my niece and nephew observed Jupiter, the Moon, Saturn, M13, and Albireo. By 01:00 IST the sky improved. The Milky Way was visible, and the sky looked magnificent. As it was my nephew's 11th birthday there was plenty of food to keep us going until the early hours.
As it ended up being a more of an out reach type of event, I did not sketch the lunar surface at the eyepiece. Instead I sketched Sinus Iridum yesterday. We observe this feature on Thursday night. My family were blown away by the beautiful area of the lunar surface. Being honest, they loved the entire Moon. So much so, that my brother-in-law is now on the look out for scope for the family. It was a great night, and it was nice way to mark my nephew's birthday.
Other details from that evening include:
Location: Baltinglass, Co. Wicklow - Bortle 4
Instrument used: f/5 250mm Newtonian Reflector
Eyepiece: 6mm Expanse (66° AFOV)
Materials used: 8B pencil, 2B, and an eraser. The image was sketched from a photo, and cropped and reszied using GIMP 2.0. The sketch was scanned, and uploaded to my PC.
As always many thanks for taking the time to read the above, and your comments and feedback are always welcomed.
Clear skies to all,