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Old 21-10-2010, 10:51 PM
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Sketch the moon night

Recently (last night) Paddy and I sketched the same lunar feature on the same night by accident which generated a bit of discussion about a lunar sketch target.

So after consulting Virtual Moon next Sat 30th was looking good for Clavius. The choice was confirmed by an image posted by Ray. http://www.iceinspace.com.au/forum/s...ad.php?t=67295

Strike while the iron's hot. All in favour post your results here.

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Fri 29th would be ok, Sun 31st too late.
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Old 22-10-2010, 05:05 AM
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Hi Michael,

it has been a few decades since I sketched the Moon, but it is my favorite subject of study at the moment. So, yes, I'll be in this, even if just to look...assuming it's clear, of course.

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Old 22-10-2010, 09:05 AM
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I'll have a go. Can someone move the last quater phase to an early evening time slot though? I'm not a good morning person, .

Like Geoff, I haven't had a go at a Lunar sketch for a long time. Will prove very interesting seeing various interpretations.
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Old 22-10-2010, 08:01 PM
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Hoping for clear skies next weekend to give it a go.
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Old 22-10-2010, 09:03 PM
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Same here, by then the moon will be a a decent non-full phase so will actually be interesting to view.

Was clear last night, but gave it a miss, seeing appeared to be poor a full moon sealed the deal.
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Old 23-10-2010, 06:22 AM
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In the mean time I looked at Reiner Gamma early this morning taking advantage of a rare clear sky, though poor seeing (Canberra skies have been crook for weeks). Not much detail visible, but its brightness is interesting.

Perhaps another target of interest might be Mare Orientale when the libration is favourable? Has anyone attempted/succeeded with this feature?
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I haven't tried to sketch any of the Mare. I imagine that would be quite difficult as I would need to keep swapping EP to get detail and an overall perspective.
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Clouded out from around midnight Friday. Cloud predicted to persist until Sunday...
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Unhappy

Rain and cloud all day yesterday. A break started to appear around midnight but the next lot of cloud started coming in before moonrise. Forecast for tonight not any better.
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Rain and cloud here too. Next month. What about we try for about Nov 15th for those of us who had cloud- still use Clavius, but lit from the other direction?
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I'm quite happy with the same target. Clouds here too for this first shot.

Maybe keep this thread running as the theme thread instead of a new thread each month? That way the entire record of sketching is in the one place.
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I'm quite happy with the same target. Clouds here too for this first shot.

Maybe keep this thread running as the theme thread instead of a new thread each month? That way the entire record of sketching is in the one place.
I think that's a great idea. Maybe it could become a sticky?
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I'm happy to go with this but I just checked VMA and Clavius will still be in shadow until the 17th.
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Posidonius on the eastern edge of Mare Serenitatius (Sea of Serenity), maybe for an earlier date?

http://www.astronet.ru:8104/db/varst...eid/lpod040109
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Let's do both. I'd trust you VMA before my guess, Michael.
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I am having a very hard time organising the clouds to not be around when I want to sketch these features. Looks like I've missed Posidonius. Hope to nail Clavius in a few days, but it's not looking hopeful.
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Clouds not cooperating here either.
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Clavius - sort of

Well a bit of luck - an opening for a little while tonight, so here is my Clavius. Alas not quite finished. Most of the sketch was done with considerable high haze, which eventually blanked Selene out completely. But here's what I got. As at the eyepiece - just photographed the sketch and cropped and scaled it with GIMP.

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Nice going Paddy. Pitty the clouds didn't let you finish it.
Is it worth a try to add detail tomorrow? Or would it be too hard to keep to the lighting conditions from tonight?
Maybe have to wait till the same time next moonth.
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Posidonius

Nice going, Paddy. With the sky being so unco-operative, any time at the eyepiece is a good time.

Here is my go at the crater Posidonius undertaken last Friday night and completed tonight. Windy night had the scope shaking, and a turbulant atmosphere had a clear image come and go quickly. I was pushing the envelope with 200X, though, on such a night, , so I shouldn't complain, .

My first Lunar sketch in a very long time. An equally long time not sitting on a single lunar feature. So much detail, subtle details, and fine details.

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