Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Last night, I had a nice time looking at the Moon and Saturn. The shadow of the ring seemed rather more offset from the ring then I remembered it--must be due to the way things are tilted. The Moon was lovely, both in my 8" Coulter, and in the 6" F/5 I'm building (where it was super-sharp at 125X, even though I was hand-holding). I was particularly struck by a crater with a lovely double peak near the terminator. The deep parts of the crater were dark, and there were two gleaming white peaks there. Maybe it was Burg? I didn't check with a map at the time. Burg looks slightly too far from the terminator in the Virtual Moon Atlas, though. But maybe.