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So with a gap in the clouds I'm going to have my first dedicated viewing session of the Moon. I've been inside too long and I've got itchy feet but with the Moon so bright at the moment it's going to kill any DSO that I try find. It being the first time I'm not just looking at it as a whole or zoomed in to terminator, I have no idea what to go for. Any nice suggestions?

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Hi Ryan. Best to learn the main Lunar features first at low power - the large lava filled mare, the biggest most prominent craters,

mountain chains etc.

Then you can relate the smaller features and where they are with reference to the main ones.

When Lunar viewing, you can always use the eye you use the least, if you want to view dimmer targets afterwards,

using your "normal" observing eye. (Or wait 10 minutes for your eye to dark adapt after being flooded with bright light).

Regards, Ed.

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I've read that the Moon is that bright object behind the clouds. ;)

Seriously, one thing I like to do is to zoom into the known Lunar landing sites. You can't see them, but to know that someone has been to that crater is somewhat satisfying.

This is a 'zoomable' chart. Lunar Landing sites.

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The Virtual Moon Atlas is a great bit of kit:- http://ap-i.net/avl/en/download and it's free.

Thanks Alan, that's a great bit of kit. I should be able to prepare myself thoroughly with it. I think I'll follow your advice Ed and start with the more prominent features. And thanks Buzz and Rich (wouldn't want to leave you out)  :grin:

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