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First Light

Originally published August 13, 2011 LPOD-Aug13-11.jpg
image by Frank McCabe

One of the stand alone large and interesting craters on our side of the lunar surface is 227 km diameter walled plain Schickard. It is the shallow convex floor of Schickard that presents its most interesting features. This grand crater can easily be seen in a modest telescope with good lighting, beginning just a few days before full Moon. During the past few years I have been trying to catch the first light fall across the floor of this crater and finally got the conditions I have been waiting for last night. My sketch only hints at the eyepiece view I was witness to.

Frank McCabe

Technical Details
8-11-2011, Time: 03:45-04:55 UT. 10 inch f/ 5.7 Dobsonian at 241x (6mm ocular).

Related Links
Rükl plate 62

Yesterday's LPOD: The Basin Near Schiller

Tomorrow's LPOD: Moons Needed


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