Lunar 100

Lunar 100 objects observed from my observatory

The Lunar 100 list, featured in the April 2004 issue of Sky & Telescope is an attempt to provide Moon lovers with something akin to what deep-sky observers enjoy with the Messier catalog: a selection of telescopic sights to ignite interest and enhance understanding of our nearest celestial neighbour.

This selection was compiled by Charles Wood, who with a lifetime of work as both and amateur and professional Lunar observer, is eminently qualified to guide the interested observer. The selection of the Moon’s 100 most interesting regions, craters, basins, mountains, rilles, and domes, and provide a geological history behind them.

The objects are numbered by the difficulty of observation, with No1 being the easiest. Unlike Messier’s list, not all the objects can be observed in a single night. There is also a column providing the Issue date of Charles Wood’s article on that specific lunar feature.

My main primary reason for adding this observing programme is to fill in those nights when the Moon light is so prominent, that Deep Sky observation is not really possible – and why waste an other clear sky.

Objects that I have made at least one observation is given in the ‘Observations’ column.