So I was wondering how my fellow visual astronomers use their clear sky observing opportunties every 2 weeks of each month when, like now, the Moon is very dominant and bright in the evening sky?
I am very much into DSO observing so, for me, when the sky is lightened by the Moon most of my favourite targets are washed out or extremely faint.
So when the Moon is up I find myself spending about a third of my observing time doing Lunar and the rest I use as an opportunity to experiment with alignment techniques, calibrations, goto approach experiments, etc. I actually enjoy experimenting with my OTA and mount as much as observing itself, I have to be honest.
So, aside from Lunar observing, and assuming no planets have risen yet, what do find yourself looking at when the Moon is up?
Edited by AstroCub, 23 July 2021 - 09:38 AM.