21st November 2008
Libration of the Moon (from the Latin verb librare "to balance, to sway")
The Moon keeps the same face towards the Earth, but wobbles about somewhat so we can actually see 59% of the surface from the Earth.Laurent Laveder took a full moon picture every month for two years. He compiled this animation
Being unable to resist fiddling I took his animation to pieces and recompiled an animation with all moon images the same size.
24th November 2008
M1 Crab Nebula 27x30seconds 6" reflector
Only 1 star near the Crab Nebula showing any proper motion.
25th November 2008
Uranus - indicated by arrow
Uranus is presently in the constellation of Aquarius
Enlarged picture showing possible moon of Uranus (Ariel?)
Update: I think the view through my scope is the other way round, so the positions of the moons should be more like this:
I was too late to catch Neptune before it disappeared behind a tree...