Impromptu

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We wandered into the garden to look at a two-day-old moon, and somehow there were gradually cameras, zoom lenses, telescope, eyepieces, focuser adaptor, cables, battery and tripod all over the garden.

The large crater with a prominent central peak is Petavius

The large crater with a prominent central peak is Petavius

Our photo session was not long, as the moon was sinking fast.  We turned our attention briefly to Jupiter but cloud was wisping across and the seeing was not good.  Finally, we pointed the 5″ at what we hoped was Saturn. The rings are opening out and we saw it with ‘ears’, almost as Galileo first recorded it, to his own great puzzlement.

By then we were well chilled.  May nights are far from cosy.

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