True News 4 U — New Moon Report — 7/22/2020
I apologize for not getting this report out to those of you who are interested in the sighting of the New Moon yesterday (July 21, 2020).
The first report that I received from Devorah Gordon in Israel stated that they did not sight the New Moon. My brother-in-law and I went out to see if we could sight the New Moon. We both sighted the New Moon. It was faint and it was lower than we both expected it to be but we both were able to sight the New Moon with our naked eye.
I checked my email and I saw another email from Devorah Gordon early this morning (July 22, 2020) stating the following:
I am writing to you with an update regarding last night’s New Moon observation, which was on 21 July 2020, and was the end of the 29th day of the previous month.
We have just received a report from the Israeli New Moon Society that the following people spotted the moon using magnifying / light amplifying equipment and then saw the moon with their naked eye with great difficulty.
* Gadi Eidelheit - From Ofra at 8:12pm (binoculars 8:03pm)
* Rebecca Biderman - From Poriya Ilit at 8:22pm (binoculars 8:19pm)
* Simcha Borer - From Modiin Ilit at 8:20pm (binoculars 8:20pm)
* Binyamin Nissim - From Ofra at 20:20pm (binoculars 8:10pm)
On behalf of all of us who rely on these observations, we wish to thank everyone in Israel who looked for the new moon and sent in their observations in a timely manner. We are also extremely grateful to those of you who have stepped up and are supporting our efforts from afar, your support helps us be able to collect the observations and share these reports around the world.
We know many of you upon seeing this report will be wondering whether is it acceptable to use magnifying / light amplifying equipment (such as, telescopes, binoculars, and cameras) to first spot the moon.
So I will just say this, some think it is ok to first spot the moon using magnifying / light amplifying equipment, as long as the sighting is later confirmed with the naked eye, while others contend that such equipment could create a confirmation bias, and therefore brings into question the later naked eye observation.
What do you think? Do you think it’s acceptable for an observer to first spot the moon using magnifying / light amplifying equipment and then look with their naked eye at the exact spot they now know the moon is and find the sliver with their naked eye? Do you think they would have been able to confidently say they saw the new moon, were it not for the certainty the magnifying/light amplifying equipment provided and does it even matter if their certainty comes from these equipment? We would love to hear your opinion to these questions, on our Facebook Page, Devorah’s Date Tree!
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Whether you decide to begin the new month last night, 21 July 2020, which was the end of the 29th day of the previous month, or to wait until this evening 22 July 2020, we want to wish each and every one of you, and the world at large, a Chodesh Tov.
Please make it a great month for the sake of all of us!