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Full Moon - early hours of the 6th of October 2017

Hawksmoor

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I was so keen to use my new 'fixing plate' - piggy-backing my little 66 mm. Altair Astro ED refractor, that I defied the clouds, a rain shower and finally extremely bright moon light.  First of all and to test the seeing I tried capturing some video clips of Neptune using my 127mm.Meade Apo Refractor and a x3 Televue Barlow.  An absolute disaster ! - Neptune was quite low over my neighbour's roof and the tiny image was 'bobbling' about on thermally active localised air currents.  Further more and because the planet was so near the horizon, colour dispersion was a major issue. I eventually gave up and decided to use the little Altair scope to image the full moon which by about 1.00am was looking quite good and stable in a dark sky.  Using my QHY5-11 colour camera at prime focus provided an image size that was just too big for the chip - so a 2-pane composite image was the way forward.  I also used the 127mm. Meade  with the x3 Barlow to capture some video of Mare Crisium but the atmosphere wasn't stable enough to take this amount of magnification with any great success.

The plate works quite well but the alignment with the main scope is a bit out - will give this a bit of thought and will probably make a few adjustments at some time in the future - I have a lot of projects on the go at the moment! :happy7:

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Nice one George, was tempted to go out the other night, a nice crisp night but too much moonlight. 

Jim

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Captured the attached morning of the 6th on my Android phone as leaving for work

Full moon setting around 4-30am over the ranges adjacent to my home Goldcoast Hinterland 

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On 07/10/2017 at 16:26, JimT said:

Nice one George, was tempted to go out the other night, a nice crisp night but too much moonlight. 

Jim

Hi Jim nice to hear from you. The night got better as time went by after midnight. I tried to image Neptune early on and the atmosphere was much more lively. The detailed image of Mare Crisium was taken before the two pane image of the whole moon and suffered from too many thermal air cells wobbling about. The atmosphere had calmed down by the time I fired up the 66mm Refractor. I have to say I'm quite pleased with the performance of the little Altair Astro scope. When you compare the cost  and performance with a comparative Canon Lens it wins hands down in the value for money stakes.

Best regards George

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22 hours ago, cletrac1922 said:

Captured the attached morning of the 6th on my Android phone as leaving for work

Full moon setting around 4-30am over the ranges adjacent to my home Goldcoast Hinterland 

Moon setting over Tamborine.jpg

Thanks for the comment and image. Must say you have a much improved view of the horizon from your workplace than I get from our backyard but as I 'm retired I have the benefit of not having to juggle astronomy with working for a living.

Best regards from George in Lowestoft on the East Anglian Coast

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2 hours ago, Hawksmoor said:

Thanks for the comment and image. Must say you have a much improved view of the horizon from your workplace than I get from our backyard but as I 'm retired I have the benefit of not having to juggle astronomy with working for a living.

Best regards from George in Lowestoft on the East Anglian Coast

 

Hi Guys

Not my workplace

View from front of my house

Have dark clear skies most nights of the year, with minimal light pollution  

Club is also hosting star party International Observe the Moon Night 28th October

Cheers

 

John

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15 hours ago, cletrac1922 said:

 

 

Hi Guys

Not my workplace

View from front of my house

Have dark clear skies most nights of the year, with minimal light pollution  

Club is also hosting star party International Observe the Moon Night 28th October

Cheers

 

John

Sorry John about confusing the view from your home and workplace. It was late when I read your comment and I had just driven 200 miles from Sheffield to Lowestoft. Soon as I pressed the submit button I realised I had made a mistake. Old age is taking its toll!

I very much envy the clear skies and minimal light pollution (clear skies over Lowestoft is an event rather than a given) and I hope the Club's hosting International 'Observe the Moon Night' on 28th October goes well.

Best regards from George in a currently overcast Lowestoft.

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George

This coming Saturday night along with 3 other members of my club, doing a presentation for 70 scouts, and 5 group leaders at a over night camp out

Get so much enjoyment working with kids, and passing on knowledge what is above us to them

Also explain Australian Aboriginal dreamtime when come to astronomy, which goes back 40,000 years, and passed down from one generation to the next in story telling

Cheers

John

 

 

 

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