Moonsighting for this Month

Dhū al-Qaʿda 1440

Wifaqul Ula­ma urges Mus­lims in Britain to attempt to sight the Moon for Dhū al-Qaʿ­da 1440 on the evening of WEDNESDAY the 03rd of July2019. This will be the 29th of Shawwāl 1440. Moon sight­ing results should be report­ed to Wifaqul Ula­ma, you can noti­fy us via our Email, Twit­ter, Face­book or by call­ing +447956589613.

3rd of July, 2019

سيحدث الاقتران المركزي (المحاق المركزي) يوم الأربعاء 02 تَمُّوز/يوليو 2019 الساعة 19:16 بالتوقيت العالمي بمشيئة الله, رؤية الهلال مستحيلة  

رؤية الهلال ممكنة  في اليوم التالي بالعين المجردة من المناطق الواقعة في اللون الأخضر و في اللون الزهري. رؤية الهلال ممكنة باستخدام التلسكوب فقط من المناطق الواقعة في اللون الأزرق

The New Moon con­junc­tion time is at 19:16 (UTC) on the 02nd of July 2019. Sight­ing will not be pos­si­ble on that day. The day after Sight­ing will be pos­si­ble with the naked eye in areas shown in GREEN and MAGENTA. Sight­ing will be pos­si­ble with Opti­cal Aid in areas shown in BLUE.

نیا چاند 02 جولائی کو 19:16 پر پیدا ہو گا. اس دن چاند نظر آنے کا امکان نہیں

اگلے دن آنکه سے چاند نظر آنے کا امکان ان علاقوں میں جن کو سبز اور گلابی رنگ میں دکهایا گیا ہے . اس دن  دوربین سے چاند نظر آنے کا امکان ان علاقوں میں جن کو نیلے رنگ میں دکهایا گیا ہے

Crescent Chasers

Com­plete this form and reg­is­ter as a “Cres­cent Chas­er”. This is to facil­i­tate local Moon­sight­ing. When the Moon is sight­ed, all your details are already avail­able to us and you have been pre-vet­ted. It makes your sight­ing a lot to sim­pler to ver­i­fy for the Schol­ars.

In the event of sight­ing, send in your Name & Cres­cent Chas­er ID and the details of your sight­ing. Your sight­ing details must include date, time of the sight­ing and ori­en­ta­tion of the cres­cent. It is bet­ter to send us a pho­to­graph but it is not a require­ment. You only need to con­tact us when sight­ing the cres­cent on the 29th of the Islam­ic month. Sight­ing on any oth­er days do not need ver­i­fi­ca­tion.

Registered members:

Cres­cent Chase IDNameOrgan­i­sa­tionLoca­tionVet­ted by:Gen­der
001Suli­man GaniWifaqul Ula­maLon­donWifaqul Ula­ma Shu­raMale
002Amjad MohammedWifaqul Ula­maBrad­fordWifaqul Ula­ma Shu­raMale
003Zakariyya Aku­diBMSCBat­leyBMSC Shu­raMale
004Irfan SoniBMSCBat­leyBMSC Shu­raMale
005Abdul Aziz RajeWifaqul Ula­maLon­donWifaqul Ula­ma Shu­raMale
006Shoy­aib Nur­gatWifaqul Ula­maLon­donWifaqul Ula­ma Shu­raMale
007Muadh KhanNoneUnit­ed StatesWifaqul Ula­ma Shu­raMale
008Imad AhmedNew Cres­cent Soci­etyLon­donNew Cres­cent Soci­ety & Wifaqul Ula­ma Shu­raMale
009Ayyub PatelICOPSau­di Ara­biaICOP & BMSC Shu­raMale
010Faisal Sal­imHa MeemLon­donNew Cres­cent Soci­ety & Wifaqul Ula­ma Shu­raMale
011Javid MohammedN/ALon­donWifaqul Ula­ma Shu­raMale
012Yusuf Dan­kaCroy­don Masjid and Islam­ic Cen­treLon­donWifaqul Ula­ma Shu­raMale
013Ayub SuratiMajlis e Dawat­ul HaqLeices­terWifaqul Ula­ma Shu­raMale
014Imran SayedMajlis e Dawat­ul HaqLeices­terWifaqul Ula­ma Shu­raMale
015Farid PatelWifaqul Ula­maMus­catWifaqul Ula­ma Shu­raMale
016Javid MohammedNoneLon­donWifaqul Ula­ma Shu­raMale
017Abu Suli­manNoneLon­donWifaqul Ula­ma Shu­raMale
018Sobia SheikhNoneWolver­hamp­tonWifaqul Ula­ma Shu­raFemale
019Faiqah KhanNoneTelfordWifaqul Ula­ma Shu­raFemale
020Huda KhanNoneWolver­hamp­tonWifaqul Ula­ma Shu­raFemale
021Yusuf May­atNoneBrad­fordWifaqul Ula­ma Shu­raMale
022Has­san MohammedNoneBrad­fordWifaqul Ula­ma Shu­raMale
023Mohammed IbrahimNoneBrad­fordWifaqul Ula­ma Shu­raMale
024Mohammed ShoyebNoneBrad­fordWifaqul Ula­ma Shu­raMale
025Sohail BawaNoneLon­donWifaqul Ula­ma Shu­raMale
026Musa Jab­barNoneLon­donWifaqul Ula­ma Shu­raMale
027Muham­mad Saeed Mul­laWifaqul Ula­maLon­donWifaqul Ula­ma Shu­raMale
028Yousaf BaigBMSCBat­leyBMSC Shu­raMale
029Bilal May­atBMSCBat­leyBMSC Shu­raMale
030Hashim SachaBMSCBat­leyBMSC Shu­raMale
031Ebrahim DiwanNoneMan­ches­terWifaqul Ula­ma Shu­raMale

Become a member:

Please com­plete the form below.

Crescent Chaser Form



Moonsighting Tips & Tricks

Read this first:

  1. Moon­set: There is no equip­ment which can be used to sight the Moon once it’s set, its gone! Sim­i­lar­ly Moon can­not be sight­ed a few min­utes after sun­set. Make sure to look at moon­set and ensure that there is suf­fi­cient lag­time (moon­set – sun­set) for you to able to sight the cres­cent. This is because the cres­cent is thin and bare­ly lit while the sun­light is bright and the thin cres­cent can­not be seen in the pres­ence of (bright) sun­light. Let us make this impor­tant point again. There is no fil­ter, no binoc­u­lar, no tele­scope which will let you sight the Moon which sets 2,4, or 6 min­utes after sun­set, its impos­si­ble! Moon has to be in the sky for you to sight it.
  2. Sun: Do not look at the sun direct­ly with your eyes or with your binoc­u­lars, cam­era or tele­scopes with­out an appro­pri­ate solar fil­ter. Your tele­scope and DSLR cam­era can heat up and be dam­aged with­in min­utes if you try to focus on the sun. Put a solar fil­ter in front of your (auto­mat­ic) tele­scope or binoc­u­lars and then track the sun as it sets to get ready to sight the cres­cent.
  3. Moon: It is eas­i­ly vis­i­ble in the sky if the hori­zons are clear. You do not need to dri­ve hun­dreds of miles for moon­sight­ing, a good van­tage point such as the roof of the Mosque is suf­fi­cient.
  4. Azimuth: You need to know the Azimuth of the Moon at a giv­en time. You can watch the video below and obtain the exact loca­tion of the Moon. Azimuth is the direc­tion of the Moon.

Human Eye:

The human eye is great bless­ing and mar­vel of Allah’s cre­ation. How­ev­er as we age the size of the pupil (which varies) between peo­ple gets even small­er. Our pupil is at its best between the ages of 21–29 (on aver­age) and it is (approx­i­mate­ly) 7.0 mm in aver­age humans, keep this fig­ure in mind.

Human eye has remained the same in thou­sands of years but (light) pol­lu­tion has increased tremen­dous­ly in our sur­round­ings. The sci­en­tif­ic advance­ments are in opti­cal Aids and mag­ni­fi­ca­tion so here is a sum­ma­ry of tools which you can use to assist you in sight­ing of the cres­cent.

No Technology (easy) sighting:

You need to pre­pare for sight­ing of the cres­cent before sun­set. Select your loca­tion with an excel­lent van­tage point and get to the loca­tion before sun­set. You need to observe the sun­set and record the loca­tion. Cres­cent is vis­i­ble in the same (approx­i­mate) area of sun­set (to the right or left). Remem­ber that after moon­set, the cres­cent is no longer on the hori­zon to be seen.

Your eyes need to get used to the sur­round­ings and air tem­per­a­ture and it takes about 15–20 min­utes for your eyes to adjust. 


You need the fol­low­ing tools to be able to track the posi­ton of the cres­cent, some of these apps are avail­able on Android while oth­ers on Apple. You need to use them well before you actu­al­ly try to sight the cres­cent to get used to how they func­tion. Your phone (or device) needs to have the right hard­ware, for exam­ple take a look at the com­par­i­son between a LG G6 and Moto G5S Plus. Moto G5S Plus does not have a com­pass which severe­ly lim­its the use of this phone with some of the apps giv­en below. 

  1. Stel­lar­i­um: Stel­lar­i­um is a free open source plan­e­tar­i­um for your com­put­er, use the free ver­sion and there is no rea­son for you to pay for it.
  2. Sky View Cafe: Sky View is an online por­tal to obtain all the nec­es­sary tech­ni­cal data for the sun and the Moon.
  3. Google SkyMap (Andorid): This App is suf­fi­cient on an android phone to track the Moon.
  4. SkyView® Lite (iPhone): This App is suf­fi­cient on an iPhone to track the Moon.
  5. Luna­Sol­Cal (Andorid): This App is suf­fi­cient on an android phone to track the move­ments of the Sun and the Moon.
  6. Luna­Sol­Cal (iPhone): This App is suf­fi­cient on an iPhone to track the move­ments of the Sun and the Moon.
  7. Lunar Phase (Android): This App is suf­fi­cient on on an android to track the Moon.
  8. Azimuth Com­pass (Android): This App is suf­fi­cient on an android to track the Moon.
  9. Com­man­der Com­pass GO(iPhone): This App is suf­fi­cient on an iPhone to track the Moon.


Binoc­u­lars are a bet­ter choice for Moon­sight­ing because binoc­u­lars are cheap, easy to set­up and robust. Tele­scopes due to their mag­ni­fi­ca­tion, make the field of view small­er. You need to under­stand that as the mag­ni­fi­ca­tion increas­es, the field of view decreas­es. It is because things are get­ting big­ger so you have less area which you can look at and binoc­u­lars are an excel­lent choice for sight­ing the cres­cent, keep these spec­i­fi­ca­tion in mind and buy a binoc­u­lar with:

  1. Ful­ly Coat­ed/­Mul­ti-coat­ed/­Ful­ly Mul­ti-coat­ed: This is the anti-reflec­tive coat­ing on your binoc­u­lar and buy the best coat­ing your mon­ey can buy. There is no uni­ver­sal def­i­n­i­tion of coat­ing but check to see that you have full coat­ing (at least).
  2. Por­ro Prism: Pur­chase the binoc­u­lars with Por­ro prims instead of Roof prism for Moon­sight­ing. 
  3. BaK4: Pur­chase the binoc­u­lars with BaK4 instead of BK7 for Moon­sight­ing. 

Stay away from cheap Ebay/no-name binoc­u­lars even if they claim to have all of these fea­tures! The Cele­stron Sky­Mas­ter (15 x 70 or 25 x 70 or 20 x 100) are excel­lent choic­es for your needs. You need to keep in mind that all of these The Cele­stron Sky­Mas­ter (15 x 70 or 25 x 70 or 20 x 100) are heavy and your hands will get tired very quick­ly. Your hands will also shake so buy a cheap­er Sky­Mas­ter (binoc­u­lar) which is lighter or if you choose to buy a more expen­sive mod­el, buy a tri­pod stand (with an L adap­tor).  Leave your binoc­u­lars out in the open with all caps tak­en off for 15–20 min­utes before you begin to sight because the lens needs to get used to the tem­per­a­ture of the air and sur­round­ings. 

This is a pic­ture of an ide­al set­up:

Manual Telescope:

SKY WATCHER SKYLINER 200P is an excel­lent Tele­scope and you can buy a used one (on Ebay) for under £100.00. It is man­u­al and you will need to build a plat­form to raise it high­er as it will be low and your back will get tired. The Tele­scope comes with a tri­pod and you can eas­i­ly move it around to focus on the right areas.


Computerised Telescope:

The big­ger the tube of the Tele­scope, the more light it lets in and you will get bet­ter vision. These Tele­scope have a GPS and a data­base and they will auto­mat­i­cal­ly move and focus on an object once you have them prop­er­ly aligned.

Stay away from cheap Ebay/no-name tele­scope even if they claim to have all of great features!The best for Moon­sight­ing (at bud­get prices) is Cele­stron 11049 NexS­tar 4 SE and more than suf­fi­cient for your needs. 5 SE, 6 SE and 8 SE are 5 inch, 6 inch and 8 inch tubes are more expen­sive but the elec­tron­ics are the same. Leave your tele­scope out in the open with all caps tak­en off for 15–20 min­utes before you begin to sight because the lens needs to get used to the tem­per­a­ture of the air and sur­round­ings. 

This is Cele­stron 11049 NexS­tar 4 SE:

DSLR Photography:

Your phone has a good enough Cam­era to take a pic­ture but it may not be good enough for low-light con­di­tions. Hold your phone against the lens and take a pic­ture.

You can buy a Nikon (D3400) or Canon EOS Rebel T7 / Canon EOS 2000D with a stan­dard lens and it will con­nect to the back of your tele­scope via an adap­tor (which you need to buy sep­a­rate­ly).

This is a Nikon (D3400) with a stan­dard lens:


This is a Canon EOS Rebel T7 with a stan­dard lens:


Your DSLR Cam­era can con­nect to a lap­top using a stan­dard HDMI cable. This means that you can look at the images on a huge screen instead of through a small eye­piece. You can also zoom your images etc.

This is a Cam­era attached to a Cele­stron 11049 NexS­tar 4 SE. Cam­era can then be con­nect­ed to your lap­top using a USB or HDMI cable: