Lunar Sketches

I observed and sketched the targets on the Astronomical League’s Lunar I list between 1 March 2004 and 1 October 2005. There is no actual sketching requirement for this list other than some of the optional activities but I decided to do it anyway, just for fun. Melissa and I also had fun on our quest to spot the thin crescent Moon just before and just after its new phase (items 1-4 on the list). She accompanied me on a couple of early morning outings and usually spotted the thin crescent before I did.

Items 1-18 are all naked eye targets and items 19-64 are all binocular targets. Many of these are shown together on the same sketch. Items 65-100 are telescopic targets, all of which are sketched individually. I don’t consider myself to be much of an artist and some drawings here are better than others but I tried to represent what I saw as best I could.

All of the binocular observations were made through 7×35 birding binoculars. All of the telescopic observations were made through my 12.5” Dob.

Naked Eye Objects

Within 72 hrs of new (Old Moon in New Moon’s Arms)

Within 72 hrs of new (New Moon in Old Moon’s Arms)

Within 40 hrs of new (Crescent Moon, Waxing)

Within 48 hrs of new (Crescent Moon, Waning)

Man in the Moon

Woman in the Moon

Rabbit in the Moon

Cow Jumping Over the Moon

Mare Crisium

Mare Fecunditatis

Mare Serenitatis

Mare Tranquillitatis

Mare Nectaris

Mare Imbrium

Mare Frigoris

Mare Nubium

Mare Humorum

Oceanus Procellarum 

Binocular Objects 

Lunar Rays

Sinus Iridum

Sinus Medii

Sinus Roris

Palus Somnii

Palus Epidemiarum

Mare Vaporum 

Craters

Langrenus

Vendelinus

Petavius

Cleomedes

Atlas

Hercules

Endymion

Macrobius

Piccolomini

Theophilus

Cyrillus

Catharina

Posidonius

Fracastorius

Aristoteles

Eudoxus

Cassini

Hipparchus

Albategnius

Aristillus

Autolycus

Maurolycus

Plato

Archimedes

Ptolemaeus

Alphonsus

Arzachel

Walter

Maginus

Tycho

Clavius

Eratosthenes

Longomontanus

Copernicus

Bullialdus

Aristarchus

Gassendi

Kepler

Grimaldi

Telescopic Objects

Sinus Aestuum

Lacus Mortis

Palus Putredinis

Promontorium Laplace

Promontorium Heraclides

Promontorium Agarum

Montes Alpes

Montes Apennius

Mons Hadley

Mons Piton

Mons Pico

Rupes Altai

Rima Hyginus

Vallis Schroteri

Vallis Alpes

Rupes Recta (Straight Wall)

Craters

Picard

Furnerius

Petavius Wall

Messier/Messier A

Proclus

Fabricius

Plinius

Mitchell

Cassini A

Manilius

Gemma Frisius

Davy

Pitatus

Billy

Fra Mauro

Clavius Craterlets

Hippalus

Herschel, J.

Schickard

Reiner Gamma

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