Looking for ghosts


Exasperation.  A hot dusty wind wobbled the scope and the sky, one of the big primary mirror screws fell out with a sinister clunk and the laser collimator is bust.

In spite of all which, and the gibbous moon, and the long twilight, the 10″ showed me Saturn with banding on the planet, shadows from the rings, the Cassini Division, and at least three moons – in moments between wobbles.

Then I went hunting for ghost craters in Oceanus Procellarum.


2 responses »

  1. Not sure I should be liking a broken laser collimator but I do appreciate your report. There are ghosts on the moon?

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