neufer wrote: ↑Sat Jan 22, 2022 6:42 pm
Cousin Ricky wrote: ↑Sat Jan 22, 2022 4:08 pm
I was never able to picture a face in the Moon until I saw it explained in detail in a book, meticulously matching lunar maria to facial features. And now, in the years since I read that book, I just can't see the face any more.
- Higher contrast plus lower resolution helps:
After seeing your photograph, I waited until a full Moon and tried again. The Moon was too bright to see anything (yes, I know it’s easier before it gets dark, but there’s a big hill to my east), so I went back for my Moon filt... *rummage, rummage* where is that #@&%ing moon filter?
Um, I grabbed my otherwise useless broadband light pollution filter, and tried again. I saw nothing. So I put away the filter and waited for my eyes to adjust to looking at the Moon without it. If I squinted at it just so, I could almost convince myself that that mare is an eye, that smudge could be interpreted as a mouth that got on the wrong side of a boxing glove, ... uh... maybe a Picasso? And I’m pretty sure that the moon is in a different libration state that it was in your photo.
And without glasses? I just see a mottled fuzzy blob.
Seriously, how do people look at the Moon and see a face? My pareidolia doesn’t stretch that far.
Also, what happened to my Moon filter? And why was my long-lost Barlow sitting inside the box for the 26 mm Plössl that I never use? But then where did the 26 mm Plössl get to?
 Why don’t I use it? Because I already had a 25 mm Plössl. You can get overloaded with those bundled eyepieces.