Waxing Gibbous

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Another sunny, clear, calm and very cold day today – the outside temperature was around -42°C for the whole day with wind between none and up to 10 knots, bringing the wind chill at times as low as -57°C.

I’ve decided to try to take a picture of the moon today using the station telescope, which was quite a challenge when it was so cold. Apart from the usual difficulties associated with shooting in the cold, operating the telescope added a few problems of its own. First, it had to be left outside for a few hours to let it adapt to the temperature. The focus control knob is not very easy to operate with big gloves, and even a slightest touch to the telescope caused it to vibrate, making focusing even more difficult.

This is my first attempt, and despite the challenges, I’m quite happy with the result!