Posted By Dave Mitsky
a 5.2mm Pentax SMC XL (158x) and a 3.8mm Orion Lanthanum Superwide (216x). Upon closer inspection I could see a thin shaft of light more or less bisecting the 38 km sized crater. Then it was on to the much larger (144 km) Babbage. That ray was a bit past its peak. It had been predicted to occur at 1:55 UT but actually started much earlier, at approximately 00:00 UT according to Tony. Nevertheless, after a bit I noticed a pie shaped wedge missing from a shadow in the southwestern end of the crater. We then used the 5.2mm with a 2x Tele Vue Barlow to have a closer look at the Lacroix Ray.
Later I happened to notice that the 70 km long Mons Rumker was rather oddly illuminated. This mountainous area that is rich with lunar domes was highlighted so it appeared quite three dimensional. Another striking trick of the light was the way the "peace symbol" wrinkle ridges of crater Wargentin (84 km) were blackened yet at the same time accented by shadow. It was the first time that I had ever
seen this "filled to the brim" crater look quite that way. We also observed Saturn at 158 and 216x. The seeing and transparency were not the best but I was able to see the C Ring as well as cloud bands and the polar hood. Titan and two other satellites were visible.
Shortly before closing down at 3:20 UT or so we had a very poor view of Jupiter at 91x (9mm Tele Vue Nagler type 5).