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Morning Moon, Delights Of Clavius


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5.00 - 6.00am Saturday, cold, clear, Moon high near south (waning gibbous, near third quarter) - Bresser Dob in action, easy to use with the Moon so high.  Orion ducking below trees to west.

Rupes Recta, the Straight Wall (a long scarp) in Mare Nubium was very evident - a bright line.  But Clavius to the south, and also close to the terminator, looked very attractive.  Such detail! - Porter and Rutherfurd (with their peaks) and two smaller craters in the wall of Clavius, the arc of four in decreasing sizes across the crater floor, and a great many smaller pits all stood out nicely at x212, despite a little atmospheric instability.  x212 was about the optimum - x254, 318 rendered detail less easy to make out and enjoy.

Further detail that I hadn't focused on before were the ridges radiating from Rutherfurd into Clavius's floor.  What pleasure the Moon is - the more you look, the more you see.

Doug.

 

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