Another typical frustrating weather window for a EAS moonwatch. It came, it went! Some lovely clear skies with Venus and Mars and a striking crescent Moon sinking into the trees on the hill behind the Brewery Arts Centre, and then drizzle, then clear, then… well you get it!
With three small aperture telscopes there, plenty to look at. Many families came through with small children who were most impressed, especially at the jagged Moon terminator. Well worth it for them. A striking contrast between white Venus and red Mars. The ISS also put in a show, catching us by surprise as we hadn’t looked when it was visible, popping into view really close to Mars and soaring upwards. Looked relatively faint and reddish so probably seeing it through a lot of thin cloud.
Mars and Venus were very low on the horizon and by 18:37 they were dipping behind the hill. Not a great pic but…
The crescent moon quickly captured thru the telescope – eyepiece projection and a compact camera. Pity about the tree!