Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Passersby and the Moon

I never consider observing the Moon old hat. Some pedestrians remark with disdain, "Only the Moon." after I answer their original question of what am I looking at with the telescope. Regardless, I offer them some eyepiece time to observe the Moon at magnification 63x or 91x, whichever is available at the time. Their expressions belie their disinterest, they marvel at craters and dramatic landscapes skirting the terminator. If the opportunity avails, I swap out the eyepiece for a lower magnification where the entire Moon appears suspended in thin, black air. Many thank me, many shake my hand. The Moon has shook them.

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