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Turn Left At Orion

The Moon, Night by Night:

In the Moon chapter of Turn Left at Orion we walk you through the lunar month, pointing out good telescopic targets. We had to choose an orientation for the charts, so we went with north up and west to the right – the way the Moon looks from the northern hemisphere with the naked eye, binoculars, or with a refractor or Cat without a star diagonal. But what if you’re using star diagonal or you have a Dobsonian (Newtonian) telescope? We’ve flipped the chart orientations for you!

Look below and click on the link for your type of telescope and the current day of the lunar month (the time since New Moon). There, you’ll find the complete set of charts from the book, appropriately oriented for your needs and ready for you to print.

If you don't know which night of the lunar month this is click here for a table that will help you figure that out.

Earthshine Moon (nights 2-4):
with a Dobsonian
(northern hemisphere)
with a star diagonal
(northern hemisphere)
with a star diagonal
(southern hemisphere)
Crescent Moon (nights 3-5):
with a Dobsonian
(northern hemisphere)
with a star diagonal
(northern hemisphere)
with a star diagonal
(southern hemisphere)
Night 6:
with a Dobsonian
(northern hemisphere)
with a star diagonal
(northern hemisphere)
with a star diagonal
(southern hemisphere)
Half Moon (nights 7 & 8):
with a Dobsonian
(northern hemisphere)
with a star diagonal
(northern hemisphere)
with a star diagonal
(southern hemisphere)
Gibbous Moon (nights 9 & 10):
with a Dobsonian
(northern hemisphere)
with a star diagonal
(northern hemisphere)
with a star diagonal
(southern hemisphere)
Almost Full (nights 11 & 12):
with a Dobsonian
(northern hemisphere)
with a star diagonal
(northern hemisphere)
with a star diagonal
(southern hemisphere)
Full Moon:
with a Dobsonian
(northern hemisphere)
with a star diagonal
(northern hemisphere)
with a star diagonal
(southern hemisphere)
Waning Moon:
with a Dobsonian
(northern hemisphere)
with a star diagonal
(northern hemisphere)
with a star diagonal
(southern hemisphere)

Remember to plan for upcoming Lunar Eclipses! See the link below.