Telescopic Craters - 14 Days...


Date:  July 21, 2002
Telescope:  4.5 Celestron
Eyepiece:  25mm Celestron, 10mm Celestron
Time:  (no specific time listed.  reports indicate a late p.m. viewing)
Comments:  Crater Schickard walked and talked the moment I looked into the eyepiece. The soft haze made for poor photographic conditions, but one very steady view. Schikard looks almost "blister-like" tonight! Sitting directly on the terminator, it reminds me of Crisium on the decline. The crater walls were very bright, and the interior tight grey and smooth. The shadows at the wall edges, along with its' natural taper gave a fantastic sense of a crater "humped".

Crater Shickard is at the top center of this frame and not fully disclosed. What is unusual in this shot is the appearance of Lacus Excellentiae toward the left.

Reiner Gamma:

Date:  May 27, 2003
Telescope:  4.5 Celestron
Eyepieces:  25mm Celestron, 10mm Celestron
Time:   (no specific time listed.  reports indicate early a.m. just before dawn.)
Comments:  And so, before the Sun takes everything out, I turned my attention toward the Moon... And wouldn't you know it? There's that doggone little black feature that so amazed me in years past! Well, then... Let's see if we can't capture it on film and find out just what this little guy is....

Well, I'm certainly not a lunar cartographer... But I'd pretty much stake my reputation that if you look about two-thirds of the way from top to bottom of my most humble photo, that the bright, fuzzy feature you see is Reiner Gamma... And my little black spot on the Moon today? Is Crater Reiner.
Right? Wrong? I don't care anymore. You be the judge and the jury. I'm far from being a lunar photographer and I do believe Mr. Rukl has me beat on sketching, eh? But I do have one saving grace...

I was there.

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