With the moon out and clouds lurking in the area I went for an easy target to begin with. Gamma Delphini is one of my favourite double stars. Located in
From Delphinus I moved across to
The Moon - L53
With the clouds constantly shifting my next clear target was the Moon, rising in the eastern sky and now a waxing quarter moon. After admiring the crisp image of the Moon and exploring the terminator I turned to my intended target, L53, also known as Lamont. This is an usual geological feature which selenographers believe to be a buried two-ring basin. It is located in the south-western corner of the Sea of Tranquility where it was easy to find, close to the terminator and just north of the large crater Julius Ceasar. Close to a smaller crater Lamont was visible in the barlowed 10mm as a faint ring of material with ridges running off both to the north and south. It is a former impact basin which has since been buried by volcanic activity.
I also took the opportunity to do some afocal photography of the Moon using my camera. A processed shot is shown here.
I returned to Cygnus in the hope that I could now star hop down the neck of the Swan to an asterism called the Fairy Ring. I started off at Sadr and took the opportunity to check out a small open cluster,
With the clouds headed my way and not enough time to continue my star hop I decided to take a photo of the Cygnus area before packing up my stuff. This is the result.