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The Moon: still the best

The best observing wonder might be closest to home.
RELATED TOPICS: THE MOON | MOON
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The year’s best lunar viewing now begins. And, for some reason unclear even to me, in its quarter century in Discover and then Astronomy, this column never once focused on observing the Moon. How weird is that?

Time to atone. I assume you own a telescope. Doesn’t matter the size or quality. The Moon is the sky’s most forgiving target. Even many binoculars make it look good, especially 15x to 20x tripod-mounted or image-stabilized models. All of them are far better than Galileo’s pathetic instruments, which nonetheless revealed things that blew the cranky man’s mind. Nothing else in the universe shows as much detail. It wows every crowd.

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