The night on December 6 , 3;00-4;00 am was great to observe the 15day moon.
After study some pdf Taurus-Littrow Valley ,NASA, in web, l looked through the eyepieces and soon l found the position of the 15day lunar shade terminator was wrong and strangely for, l remember the lunar phases on 15day moon were always [East-West]ward apparent, this time it was anomalously [North-South] ward.
l think it was not because by libration definitely but by some unknown force pushed the moon downward against the flat normal orbital plane of moon-earth system. l was so tired that night that l had only one hour observation not enough time to check how the limb shade was changing even l could’nt sketch reasonably well the old China or Korean Taoism like landscape and this magnificent similarly scenery was stretched along the limb almost 350km long and of course my limitation was only 70km span , yes-, l have also experienced the Grand Canyon like scenery once with the 8′ og in Dec 2013, twice was recently with the 13″ og 1.5months ago. Now is a Taoism scene.
320mm homemade refractor x420
2014, 12. 6th
Transparecy,seeing together superb ,8/10;.8/10
White paper, graphite pencils, black acrilic
Shot with a Olympus d-camera
K.S.Min S. Korea
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K S Min,
We went through a very favorable latitude libration for the Lunar North Polar region from the 6th to the 9th of December.You captured that view very well.