The Golden Handle of the moon can only be seen for a few hours, about 10-11 days after new moon or two days after the first quarter. When the sun rises on the top of the Jura Mountains, the ridge is illuminated while the lower lying plain of Sinus Iridium is still in shadow. The weather forecast wasn´t that promising for that day -5th Dec.2011- but with some luck all went well. Enjoy!
Moon facing the clouds in the afternoon
Moon during sunset, with backlit clouds
The Golden Handle, top left, above the light crater of Copernicus; single shot with Meade 8″ SC ACF, no crop
The Golden Handle of the moon, center left
The plain is still in shadow, while the ridge is lit by the rising sun. Single shot with Meade 8″ SC ACF, with 9 mm ocular and 2x Barlow lens, no crop-real image size. Though the visibility was poor due to the cirrus clouds, I got a really good close-up with a 444-times magnification, thanks to the telescope setup. For example: a normal pair of binoculars like a 8 x 50 got a magnification of 8-times!
Like before, just underexposed to make the Golden Handle more “exposed”
John Archibald Wheeler, American Physicist, 1911-2008