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28mm, f2. 0
I was doing some serious observing before the Moon came up to spoil my fun, and I noticed something interesting (it doesn't take much to amuse me). Corvus (the Crow) and Crux (the Southern Cross) are at the same right ascension on the celestial sphere. Meaning, they transit the meridian at the same time (approximately 8:30 p.m. local time). If you reside in mid-northern latitudes (like Piscataway, N. J.), look for the familiar polygon of Corvus at this time. Then extrapolate a line approximately 40° down to get an idea of how far below your horizon the Southern Cross is. Use your imagination.