November 23, 2014
The Joy of Seeing
image by Leo Aerts, Belgium
A few days ago we saw this region with opposite illumination. In submitting today's image Leo points out that he lives only 2 hours away from Richard Bosman, the person who captured the earlier view of Albategnius. I don't know if LPOD brought these two superb imagers together, but LPOD has certainly brought to a wider audience many excellent lunar imagers and artists; far more than I ever knew existed. LPOD also may have been the place that various lunar features were first described. It is possible the saucers within Albategnius were first discussed (and re-discussed) in LPOD, certainly that is where I first became aware of them, as well as saucers in a few other smooth-floored craters. LRO is marvelous (and nearly definitive), but it lacks, for me, the joy of discovering something unexpected in a telescopic view. Leo with his telescope in his garden in Belgium is not doing anything different than me with mine on my deck. I can identify with that much more than with a lonely robot circling the Moon.
February 18th 2013, 17:43 UT. Celestron 14"
21st Century Atlas charts 12 & 13.
Yesterday's LPOD: What Did Galileo See?
Tomorrow's LPOD: More Moore