During this session, I also considered this a general session - General Session - August 1, 2017.
Lunar Phase: Waxing Gibbous (72.3%)
Moonset: 1:17 AM Moonrise: 3:47 PM
Sunrise: 6:01 AM Sunset: 8:40 PM
Time: 8:32 PM – 10:00 PM
Temperature: 26° C - 23° C
Equipment: 10” Meade SCT, 30 mm eyepiece
Transparency: not recorded
Seeing: not recorded
Clear skies. My first attempt at viewing was at 7:34 PM but it was too bright. Went back out 1 hour later with better viewing of the features. After spending much time sketching, I then attempted to identify features required by the Explore the Moon (telescope version).
- Tenerife Mountains: Had to look these up online to determine what to look for, and to get a clearer identification as to where to look, i.e., SW of Plato in northern part of the Mare Imbrium. Found.
- Spitzbergen Mountains: Again, looked them up – a crater diameter to the N of Archimedes. The photo didn’t hurt.
- Straight Wall: Didn’t find this and suspect will have to wait to next Moon cycle to find it.
Although listed for the next day, I was able to see Mare Imbrium and Copernicus. North of Copernicus were 4 small craters that formed an upside-down and backwards “L”. Using a digital Moon Map, I was able to identify Timocharis, Lambert and Pytheas but was unable to identify the smallest of the four. It was just inside the mare adjacent to Monte Carpatus or just on its slope facing the mare.
Maria & Sinus:
Crisium, Imbrium, Nectaris, Nubium, Serenitatis, Sinus Medii, Tranquilitatis, Vaporum.
Carpatus, Spitzbergen, Tenerife
Archimedes, Aristillus, Autolychus, Clavius, Copernicus, Eratosthenes, Maginus, Plato, Timocharis, Tycho
Other Craters not on the List:
Blancanus, Lambert, Porter, Pytheas, Rutherford