Danceing in the Moonlight

Moon time table

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18/12/2011 at 20:19
I am looking to do some night walks this winter. So I want to use as much natural light as possible. Were is the best place to find out when the full moon is?
18/12/2011 at 20:22
18/12/2011 at 20:26
18/12/2011 at 20:51
I find it easier walking under a full moon than in the later stages of dusk.
However, a half moon gives good light but also lets stars and other objects in the night sky shine.
My daughter pointed out a bright "star" on our walk tonight that turned out to be Jupiter.
There's load of cool stuff out there to be seen with the naked eye*... hope you enjoy your night walks!

*Edit - especially in winter.
Edited: 18/12/2011 at 20:53
18/12/2011 at 21:16
Rocky wrote (see)
 My daughter pointed out a bright "star" on our walk tonight that turned out to be Jupiter.
My daughter came home just an hour ago and said she'd been looking at Jupiter through a friends telescope
18/12/2011 at 21:24
http://photoephemeris.com/

Will also show you where the moon and sun rise and set
18/12/2011 at 22:05
Anyone just watch "A Night With The Stars" with Prof Brian Cox. Well worth a re-visit if you missed it.
18/12/2011 at 22:09
I use this one it gives not only phase but position in the sky at times. Handy for night photography too!!
19/12/2011 at 08:04
I like this thread...
19/12/2011 at 13:57

Cheers guy's, some great information and links.

Hope you all have a great Christmas.

SD
19/12/2011 at 17:31

I have looked up at the sky so often and am ashamed that I know so little about it so I have just bought myself a Planishere. Finally I am going to be able to identify more the North Star and the Plough, though stargazing is cold at this time of year.

19/12/2011 at 20:14
SD wrote (see)

I have looked up at the sky so often and am ashamed that I know so little about it so I have just bought myself a Planishere. Finally I am going to be able to identify more the North Star and the Plough, though stargazing is cold at this time of year.

I bought a planishere a couple of years ago - be buggered if I can read it in the darkDepending on what phone you have, you can download Google Sky maps - it aint perfect but if you are patient can give you a good idea of what is what.

 There are also a number of lunar phase apps - mostly free. 

19/12/2011 at 21:22
Star walk is a great star identification app for your phone - iphone anyway
SD
20/12/2011 at 10:14
Sorry that should be a Planisphere, evidently the tip for reading at night is to use red led light torch.
20/12/2011 at 13:14

Lostsheep - I walk quite a bit at night.  Assuming you want to go out early eve, it's best a couple of days or so before full moon as the moon will be high enough to be useful.  Alternatively, go out just after FM to somewhere high and watch the moon rise - awesome.  You won't need a torch - and a slight covering of snow or a good frost makes things even brighter.

Try a bivi, too, for the complete experience!

20/12/2011 at 13:16
sorry - you won't need a torch most of the time, but rocky stuff in shadow may need one.
21/12/2011 at 01:14
Cheers Rob, Walked 10 miles once mainly on a disused mineral line. Six to 8 inches of snow under foot and a full moon. Along the route and when we reached the campsite there was no need to use the torches.
21/12/2011 at 20:37
SD wrote (see)
Sorry that should be a Planisphere, evidently the tip for reading at night is to use red led light torch.
Sorry SD, I was being a bit sarcy (highly usualy for me). I decided to opt for a head torch Lenser H7 great torcj but np red light option.
Maybe santa will bring me one - along with my HUGE wish list - NO chance
03/05/2012 at 10:39

Full moon this weekend! anyone went out on their own for a walk/hike or planning to

not sure if i could get anyone mad enough to join me

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