old Moon

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At last night’s local astronomy club meeting, we had a “white elephant” gift swap.

You know the kind where you take turns drawing numbers then selecting a gift and then stealing from each other?

Well, I eventually wound up with two Antares eyepieces.   A 20mm and a 40mm plossl.

The above is a quickie hand held shot that was taken through my 3 inch refractor with the 20mm plossl.

As you can see, it’s not that great, but it reminded me of the older analog photos we used to see of the Moon when we first began taking pictures of it.  If you are old enough, (I’m not- but I have a collection of old magazines that go back to the 40’s)  you remember the black and white “centerfold” shots that Sky and Telescope magazine used to publish, well this image reminded me of those so I’m sharing it here with you.

I made this one this morning at 9:30 a.m. while the Moon was setting in the west.