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A detailed crater and an observation report.

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#1 AGrayson

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Posted 16 April 2024 - 08:15 PM

Tonight I carefully observed and sketched a "sharp" looking crater along the terminator. I was much more comfortable tonight as I was sketching from my backyard so I had plenty of light to see as I was drawing and a nice chair to sit on. The seeing was good but unfortunately the sky was littered with thin but noticable clouds giving a haziness to the view. I spent 30 minutes drawing and I think this is my best at the eyepiece rendition so far. I sketched through my 12 inch dobsonian at 217x magnification at dusk.

 

 

 Also, I viewed rima Hadley for the first time at 434x mag as well as that small rille inside of the alpine valley, although I was able to observe them, I figured these targets are a little more advanced for a beginner Sketcher being near the appeninus mountain range and all that.

 

 I also included a cell phone image I took of the crater so someone could help me identify it, I'm not well educated on my lunar terminology :)

 

 Thanks for looking!

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Posted 16 April 2024 - 08:26 PM

Nice work Grayson.  Nothing like a comfortable chair to aid in your attention to detail.  I like how you captured the shadow contours on the right side of the crater rim.  Sorry I can't identify the crater for you. 

Clear skies and dry paper to you,

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Posted 16 April 2024 - 09:38 PM

Looks like the crater Maginus to me - roughly 100 miles across.  From your sketch it looks like you got the D, E, and K subcraters, as well as Proctor next to K.  About as beat up a crater can be, from the looks of it.


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Posted 16 April 2024 - 09:57 PM

You nicely captured the morning light crossing the floor of crater Maginus as it passes through a breach in the crater wall.

Well Done.

 

frank :)


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Posted 16 April 2024 - 10:17 PM

Thank you all for the kind words and identification!

It was a very enjoyable sketch, and I look forward to many more nights with paper and pencils in my hands!

Appreciate the likes as well.
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Posted 16 April 2024 - 10:42 PM

Beautiful work your style really portrays crater Maginus well in the morning light .

Thank you for sharing!

Clear Skies Always Jon 


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Posted 18 April 2024 - 09:49 AM

You are off to a good start with your lunar drawings.  smile.gif   A good source for orienting yourself and identifying lunar features is the Virtual Moon Atlas.  You can set it up to give you the same view as your telescope, move it around in time, and identify just about any feature.  It is a free download.


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Posted 25 April 2024 - 10:13 AM

Grayson,

 

Very nice sketches of A detailed crater and an observation report smile.gif 

 

CDS,KLU,

 

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Posted 26 April 2024 - 12:10 PM

Great work! I observed Maginus the same night and also noted that very prominent ray of light across the floor. Quite striking!

I may have sketched it, too. I’ll have to check when I get home.

 

edit: yes! “Sketch” is a strong word, but here’s my little diagram, much inferior to your presentation:

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As I noted, the structure at bottom right resembled a skull in clair-obscur.


Edited by Josephus Miller, 26 April 2024 - 03:33 PM.

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