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New Year Moon

3 months 1 week ago #109880 by lunartic
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Hi all

I stopped my 120mm f/8.3 to 80mm f/12.5 to cut down on the glare and control the CA on the 94% waning gibbous moon.

The cometary craters of Messier and Messier A have emerged from the night into the light. They are an odd pair, Messier A is more akin to what we expect from a crater, circular. Messier looks to have been stretched out, as if someone put their fingers on either side of the crater and pulled. The "tail" of Messier streaks out into the Mare Fecunditatis, being of newer, and lighter, material, it stands out vividly from the darker mare floor.

Observing the crater Taruntius, the central peak looks to be offset from the centre, perhaps this is as a result of the foreshortening of the crater, being close to the lunar limb.

Dorsa Cato lies between the Messiers and the Taruntius. It rises from the mare floor to a high plateau. This plateau then drops down on the opposite side. It is similar to the high plateaus found in places like Utah or New Mexico. Two small, classically round, craters, Anville and Taruntius H sit close by.

Dorsa Geike is emerging from the nightside, it is a streak of light spearing the darkness. Further south lies Dorsa Mawson, it is also coming into the light. Both are snakelike features with Mawson being the longer of the pair.

Moving south, the Rheita Valley is deep in shadow, the upper wall of the valley is still catching the suns rays and is a dazzling white. There is a clear border between shadow and light, between black and white. The valley runs straight and then makes a slight kink around the Rheita crater.

Sitting close to the western wall of Janssen lie two fault lines, rimae Janssen. They look like a pair of tiger stripes, dark against a bright background, they run down either side of Janssen L. Closer to the heart of the crater is another fault line, this is an "L" shaped feature. Whereas the other pair are dark in colour, this feature is bright white. I wonder what the colours would be when the sun is in the opposite part of the sky.

South of Janssen lies Vlacq. This crater has a smooth and featureless floor, there was no break in the uniformity that I could observe. The central peak break through this smooth layer, with the sun now above the crater rim, the shadow cast by the peak stretches halfway to the far crater wall.

Next door neighbour on the other side of Janssen is Rosenberger. This is of a similar size to Vlacq and its central peak looks to be of the same height. Where they differ is there is a crater sitting close to the southern wall that disturbs the smoothness of the floor.

On the southern wall of Hommel sit a pair of craters, Hommel D and Hommel P, nothing strange about that, except, they look to be straddling the crater wall. To my eye, it looks like there were impacts on either side of the crater rim, and yet, the wall was not breached. Both craters are touching, with a definite wall between them that seems to follow the outline of Hommel. This is a freak happening, though it looks interesting.

Montes Cordillera weaves a dark line across the lunar surface, between Cordillera and the nearby crater Cruger, there are a pair of smaller dark stripes, together with Cordillera it looks like a a pair of closed eyes and a thin lipped mouth, if you use a little imagination. On the lunar limb there rises the high peaks of Montes Rook and Mare Orientale.

On the southern limb there are peaks protruding into the night. I cannot identify them.

Paul

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3 months 1 week ago #109881 by flt158
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Fascinating report, Paul!

It seemed you had great fun with your 120 mm telescope on New Year's Night.

Some of these lunar features I have observed in the past. I have quite a number of them ticked in my Atlas of the Moon by Antonin Rukl.

But there are some which I have not observed, eg, Montes Cordillera, Montes Rook and Mare Orientale to name a few.

Hommel, Vlacq, Rosenberger and Rimae Janssen are new to me too. Although I have observed Janssen and Vallis Rheita okay. Of course I have lost count as to how many times I have seen the Messier craters with that long tail heading westwards. Each of those dorsums descending down from Taruntius I have observed also with my William Optics apochromatic refractor. .

Great start to the New Year, Paul.

I wish you and everyone else clear skies for the new decade.

Aubrey.
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3 months 1 week ago #109882 by lunartic
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Hi Aubrey

Cordillera, Rook and Mare Orientale are on the extreme limb of the moon and need the moon to be in the correct orientation to see well.  This evening it was only Montes Cordillera that was seen with ease.
Set your calendar for November 2021, there is a very favourable liberation of the moon that will bring Orientale into view, it is worth viewing.  I don't know the exact date, no doubt we will find out closer to the day.
Just out of interest,  Mare Orientale was named by Patrick Moore.r

Paul

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3 months 1 week ago #109886 by Until_then-Goodnight!
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Hi Paul, 

Wonderful derailed report on your Lunar observations... You're on a roll!

I've been unable to get out with the telescope over the past week, but your reports are just the ticket. 

Clear skies, 

Darren. 
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