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the Moon in the Pleiades

Last night, even though it was COLD, I ventured outside with my office chair, my telescope, and my binoculars to check out the Moon's passage through the Pleiades cluster. Gorgeous. Too bright for good viewing through the telescope, and putting in the moon filter just made things fuzzy (condensation, er, ice accumulation), but the eyeball-fog on the binoc lenses did a fine job of cutting the blazing almost-full Moon light.

It was gorgeous, nearly full blazing from the center of the Pleiades like a flower in a starry garden.

I did discover that I seriously need to build a binocular mount, because, dude, 100mm astro-binocs get HEAVY when peering up at the sky for extended periods.

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geekmom
Dec. 4th, 2006 08:22 pm (UTC)
Pari thought the view of the moon was fantastic last night, too. She pointed it out as we walked in the parking lot. Too bad it was so cold, or Harold might have set up the telescope.
solan_t
Dec. 4th, 2006 08:52 pm (UTC)
The moon, last night and this morning really caught my eye.
singinheart
Dec. 5th, 2006 04:57 pm (UTC)
"It was gorgeous, nearly full blazing from the center of the Pleiades like a flower in a starry garden."

Hi, I just saw your post on Jay Lake and came here to learn about another teacher.

Thought you might like to see the print that is up for auction in Jay Lake's charity auctionlet on eBay... it's gorgeous and in some ways just as you describe!

I'm not sure how to link to it, but if this doesn't work, you can find it on Jay's Lakeshore under the tag "auction" I think.

http://search.ebay.com/_W0QQsassZpennygrrlQQhtZ-1 (eBay seller: pennygrrl)
Lisa
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