Tonight, for the first time, I saw the Moon in a telescope. Mine, that is. I went “Aah!” in adoration. A perfectly round marble with a crisp white edge on the sunlit half and the other half in perfectly black obscurity. A diagonal border in its center. Along that terminator, sharp jagged edges of craters and mountains.
Fiddled around a bit with lenses, scanned the surface along the terminator. But I had to put in the lower mag lens again, to look at it in fullness. Such a nice rough marble.
Took stock of the major craters. Went in to look them up. Found out that Google Moon was a big letdown. The easiest one to find was Copernicus in Mare Insolarum, following the mountain edge from Archimedes (which was in shadow) over ridge of Montes Appeninus and Montes Carpatus. Copernicus is actually rather close to the (as some say, alleged :P) Apollo landing sites.
Oh, such a beautiful half moon, and half an hour well spent. Pictures in a book can only convey so much. Why didn’t I do this 20 years ago?