ALPO Request: This request comes about because of two observations. Firstly on 2009 Nov 25 Paul Abel and others detected some colour on the inner west illumntated slopes of this crater. No similar colour existed elsewhere. On 2012 Aug 25 Charles Galdies imaged this crater and detected a similar colour, approximately in the same location, though he also imaged colour elsewhere. It is important to replicate this observation to see if it was natural surface colour, atmospheric spectral dispersion, or some effect in the camera that Charles was using, namely a Philips SPC 900NC camera. The minimum sized telescope to be used would ideally a 8" reflector. Please send any high resolution images, detailed sketches, or visual descriptions to: a t c @ a b e r . a c. u k .
ALPO Request: Please take images of the Full Moon, but make sure you under expose as we want to avoid bright ray craters like Aristarchus, Tycho, Proclus etc from saturating. The purpose behind this is we want to compare with images of Earthshine which are essentially zero phase illumination images, like at Full Moon. There have been reports in the past that Aristarchus varies greatly in brightness compared to other features. David Darling (a past TLP coordinator) has suggested this was simply due to libration effects, i.e. viewing angles, so we would naturally like to test this theory out. Also if you have any past images of close to Full Moon, please send these in too if the above mentioned craters are not saturated. Pretty much any size telescope can be used to take these images so long as we can clearly see the above craters. Obviously do not attempt this if the sky is cloudy or hazy. Observations will be presented in the "Lunar Observer" - a monthly publication of the Lunar Section of ALPO. All reports should be emailed to: a t c @ a b e r . a c . uk