Setting up the equipment:
Camcorder Canon HD (15x zoom 4.1-61.5mm) for the recording;
(Borrowed) Nikon p600 (it belongs to the bridge/superzoom cameras, but it's not a reflex; the 60x=1440mm analogic zoom gives out powerful photos);
Skymaster Telescope (D = 90mm, F = 920mm): to "see" the men on the moon...
Before the fun started:
The fun started:
As I've recently read the Shakespeare sonnets, I can't help quoting 107 directly from Vasco Graça Moura's book:
Not mine own fears, nor the prophetic soul
Of the wide world dreaming on things to come,
Can yet the lease of my true love control,
Supposed as forfeit to a confined doom.
The mortal moon hath her eclipse endured,
And the sad augurs mock their own presage;
Incertainties now crown themselves assured,
And peace proclaims olives of endless age.
Now with the drops of this most balmy time,
My love looks fresh, and Death to me subscribes,
Since, spite of him, I'll live in this poor rhyme,
While he insults o'er dull and speechless tribes:
And thou in this shalt find thy monument,
When tyrants' crests and tombs of brass are spent.
For those of us who know their Shakespeare, in King Lear we also have a "full moon":
"As I stood here below, methought his eyes
Were two full moons; he had a thousand noses,
Horns whelk’d and waved like the enridged sea:
It was some fiend; therefore, thou happy father,
Think that the clearest gods, who make them honours
Of men’s impossibilities, have preserved thee."
Of course, Othello knows all about the moon making "men mad":
What? Just now?
It is the very error of the moon,
She comes more nearer earth than she was wont
And makes men mad."
I'm going to sleep content now...