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  1. From the album: Lunar Images

    Moon taken on 2 Nov 2012 with BYE with canon 1100d at iso 800 and 1/20 s exposure with Baader 2.25x barlow and C6SE 500 frames stacked in Registax6. Seeing poor.
  2. skywatcher250

    Our Moon

    From the album: Moon shots

    The very first moon shot ever (by day)

    © Simon Raine

  3. SionR25

    Full Moon

    From the album: Lunar

    Taken with a Canon 7D and sigma 150-500mm lens
  4. From the album: The Moon

    Canon 550D, 250mm, f/13, 1/250, ISO 800
  5. Walky

    Moon with Halo

    From the album: The Moon

  6. From the album: The Moon

    Canon 550D, 250mm, f/13, 1/250, ISO 800, , MAK celestron C90
  7. Sunday 30th June. NLCs started appearing as the skies cleared around 1.45am. Grabbed gear and headed off around 2.15am to the same location as last two sessions. Another 90 shots taken! Nikon D3 and Nikkor AF-S 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II, tripod mounted, cable release and mirror lock function. Lightly processed in Adobe Lightroom and (where required), stitched shots together in Photoshop CC2017 Taken from north Lichfield (Staffordshire). Clicking the pictures should open the hi-res images. Panoramic 1 - 7 shots. ISO 200, 2.5 sec, f/2.8, 70mm, 2.56am. Note over in the far right the Pleiades. Panoramic 2 (Detail) - 4 shots. ISO 200, 2.5 sec, f/2.8, 200mm, 3.01am 'The Saucepan and NLCs' - Single shot - (Nikkor AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8G ED). ISO 200, 2 sec, f/2.8, 24mm, 3.22am Started to pack away just as 'Mr Blackbird' started to sing - the dawn chorus broke.... then noticed a beautiful sight over in the East, switched back to the Nikkor AF-S 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II and added the TC-14EII 1.4x A 7% Crescent Moon. Single shot - ISO 200, 0.8 sec, f/4, 280mm, 3.28am Damian
  8. Single shot using Atik 4120EX OSC camera and TS 65Q on Mesu 200. 1 x 0.01s It was just there Thanks for looking Dave.
  9. Hello There are observations that will never be forgotten the photos are there to remind them. Friday, February 15 for the first time in months the weather forecast for astronomy are optimistic. The day before I had to work with the 807 infrared filter to fight turbulence but this time the IR 742 passes the turbulence is still there but at times there are details. It improves slowly then at 20:15 quickly the images become much better. I see the scree in Clavius D. Instantly I switch from the IR 742 to the red 610 to enjoy it. Sometimes it happens after passing a plane for a few seconds. It only lasted about twenty minutes the turbulence goes up as usual but I enjoyed it. Here are some pictures made in the evening. These are pretty much my best on these targets. I hope you like. Luc CATHALA Copernicus Pitatus Rutherfurd Clavius D Blancanus Clavius Tycho
  10. Report for the evening of 16/08/2018 With a clear night forecast I decided to try and get in a long session. The plan was to start with the crescent moon, work through the planets, throw in a few faint fuzzies and if the weather and I held out, finish with M31 sometime in the early morning. So, having set out both scopes earlier to settle I began with the moon. I really like these early phases of the moon as you can make a start before it’s even dark, and as it gets darker the more you begin to see on the surface. On view last night were some great features. The crater pair of Hercules and Atlas, the Mare Nectaris and the overwhelmed crater Frascatorius. I’d got my sketching stuff out hoping to have a go and was trying to decide which to have a go at when a stubborn low band of cloud rolled in and covered that part of the sky, so no sketch tonight. ? Well, over to the other scope, the 8inch newt, and lets just do a star test to check collimation. As it was still only getting dark I picked a brightish star at random with a low power eyepiece, defocussed and then swapped in a more powerful one. After a short time fiddling I was pretty happy with this but no matter what I did one side of the out of focus star image looked distorted. Was the mirror pinched or something wrong with the eyepiece? In the end I settled for what I’d got and focussed down to a lovely sharp pair of points! Doh, I’d picked the double star Rasalghethi! A lesson learned there. Still I really enjoyed the view of the main orange star and its bluish smaller companion so think an evening of doubles is on the cards sometime! Early views of Saturn were plagued by the same cloud bank that had covered the moon, but eventually it cleared and Saturn and a few of its moons were well worth a look. Also, worth some time were the lovely Messiers in the same patch of sky. M8 the Lagoon, then a whole patch of M’s including lovely open and globular clusters each worth time, but I had to push on. Mars was just clearing the trees so I sat down to see what I could see in terms of detail with the binoviewers. I tend not to look at what it is supposed to look like beforehand as I think the mind has a way of seeing what it wants. So, with Baader Neodymium and UHC filters to swap in I decided to sketch what I could. The UHC helped to darken those dark features but it also seemed to exaggerate the atmospheric distortion. After about an hour I went to compare my sketch with the view shown on https://astronomynow.com/mars/ Pleasingly my view was broadly the same, though lacked the detail. I didn’t see any straggling Perseids last night but did catch a couple of bright meteors, probably Northern Aquarids. By now around 2am, the sky was as dark as it was going to get, about 20.7 sqm, which isn’t the best its been here, but still good enough to see plenty of milky way stretching overhead. A quick view of M13 always makes me smile…so many stars but I moved on via another globular in Sagitta, M71. Much smaller than M13 but still sizable enough to start picking out stars with 8 inches, albeit with averted vision. On to M27 to spend a little time seeing what I could tease out. Clear without any filter the UHC definitely added to the definition, and the dumbbell shape was obvious against the broad white slightly elliptical smudge. Again, averted vision helped to give the hint of some structure to these edges. So, onto the Veil. It’s easy enough to find where it should be by hopping along from Sadr to just past the next bright star Gienah but honestly, I’ve struggled in the past and been underwhelmed. Well tonight with no moon and good transparent skies it was great. The eastern part C33 was just there, faint but obvious enough against the background stars. Pop in the UHC an it goes up a level. Swap that for the O111 filter and it was even clearer. Big too. Curving gently away out of the field of view, I followed it until it petered out then moved back and forth from end to end trying to find more detail. I moved over to the Western part C34 and again, there it was, particularly around the star 52cyg but other parts were visible as well, though not as clear as the Eastern section. I was really tempted to try a sketch but tiring so will leave that until another day. Last I tried for Andromeda to round out my nights plan, but by now it was around 3am and high thin clouds were moving in and the sky noticeably brightening, so it was time to pack up. I’d had a really good session, despite a few early clouds and a Homer Simpson Doh moment with collimation. Should tide me over until the next clear spell. Thanks for struggling through this and hope you all had a great starry night too. Dan
  11. Here is a video I shot of the waxing crescent moon and Aldebaran. No occultation from my latitude *sigh* . I added an original composition, "Throwing Umbra", played on solo guitar synthesizer for the music soundtrack. Enjoy! Reggie
  12. Close up of a reprocessed avi video images taken on 22nd February just gone, showing from the top the crater Rhaeticus, and running down the terminator to show the Lunar X formed from the combination of crater rims from the craters Purbach, La Caille & Blanchinus. The craters Stofler & Faraday can be seen just off the terminator at the bottom of the image. Image taken with my ZWO ASI 120 MC camera, using my Celestron Omni 120mm f8.3 refractor. Processed through PIPP, Registax, & tweeked in PS CC. Screenshot below image is taken from ios app Moon Globe HD for crater details.
  13. Amazing facts and detail in this 4K tour of the lunar surface!
  14. Just in from a pleasant evening of observing (last evening). Mild temperature (about 65F/18C) and good seeing. I caught a beautiful apparition of the waxing crescent moon and the Hyades, one second exposure at ISO 1600: Can you see the earthshine? Reggie
  15. 23:00UT (Midnight) Waxing Gibbous Moon, hazy high cloud with fair seeing. Altair Astro Lightwave 72EDR Altair IMX178 colour Hypercam (USB3) SkyWatcher AZ-GTI mount, Manfrotto 055 tripod. SharpCap 3.1 Pro Best 100 frames stacked with AutoStakkert3 from 3000 frames captured. (SER file) Post processed with Photoshop CC2018, stretched for colour saturation and contrast.
  16. I previously posted this video, but this time I added original music, "La Lune Super Bleue": Notes: The popular definition of a "blue moon" is the second full moon in a single month, which doesn't occur often, but in 2018 it happens twice: in January and March. Also, the January blue moon was a "super moon", one that is closer to Earth than usual, making it a little bigger and brighter. And that's not all. This full moon also underwent a total lunar eclipse in some areas (unfortunately, not in this video)! Here is space cam video of the January Super Blue Moon with original music, "La Lune Super Bleue", by my band The False Dawn. Enjoy, Reggie
  17. I swapped scopes in the obsy to try for the Moon. This is a 3 pane panorama taken with my Fuji XT-1 & Meade 127 refractor with a 2x barlow First bit of imaging for absolutely months!
  18. I took some practice shots of the Moon on 22 Feb and later realised I had captured the elusive Lunar X C8 SE, ZWOASI120MC
  19. Data taken a few days back with my ZWO ASI 120 MC camera, on my Celestron Omni 120mm f8.3 'frac, showing the Copernicus area of the moon, and Mare Insularum. Processed through Registax, and edited and cropped slightly in PS.
  20. While looking up using mosaic images at x5 barlow to create more detailed surface images i stumbled across this.(Enlarge to see all the magnificiant detail, This is not my image and i take no credit for it). Original article Jaw dropping mosaic So now ive seen this i want to try it myself. Ive seen the option on DSS to create mosaic's but have yet to try it, or even if it would work. Anyway i jusy wanted to share this splendid piece of photography.
  21. These were taken 1 day before the Super Moon on the 13th November. Taken with the ZWO ASI174MM, Celestron Nexstar 8i SCT, no diagonal, extension tube, Celestron UV/IR cut off filter. Captured with Firecapture, stacked with Autostakkert 2, wavelets in Registax 6 and finished off in PaintDotNet. I seem to have had a good night for a change and I'm quite happy with images 1,2 and 5.
  22. Good morning everyone, This is my first 'official' picture of the moon. I took 14 images, but this is the one I brought into Photoshop to adjust the levels to produce this image. Took it last night around 11pm on my Bresser AR-102S with an Olympus E-500, Manual mode, 1/4000 exposure time, ISO 800. While I am the first to admit, I have no idea what I am doing, but I am having fun figuring it out and was fairly pleased with this result. Any comments, recommendations, advice greatly appreciated.
  23. Hello Very bad condition that September 11, 2016 with a low Moon, turbulence, wind, only the IR filter 807 allowed to see by moment the craters inside Clavius. So a lot of work processing to present you this image. You can imagine what it could give with good conditions. 24", barlow 4 (11m FL), filter IR807. Camera QHY 5-III 178m Reduced to 80% Clear skies. Luc
  24. kev

    Moon 4/12/16

    For once its clear... AND Im at home - which in itself is almost a mirical Taken on a steady evening, with the 4" Vixen Achro Quite pleased with these... Kev
  25. I was feeling glum yesterday here in Colorado and had the good fortune of having the moon is an excellent viewing location (between some trees in my backyard) right when I got home from work. I like viewing on my patio because I can setup in 5 minutes and breakdown in just two. Although it was still twilight, I got some good looks of the Apollo 15 landing site, Montes Apenninus, Montes Caucasus, and the spiral of 6 craters, nicely decreasing in diameter, inside Clavius (site of the mythical moon base in the book and movie, 2001). I love viewing deep sky objects, but in my light-polluted suburban area, the planets (and moon) are much better targets. I'm preaching to the choir here, but I especially like the moon because it looks different each night at the Terminator moves across the globe, casting shadows along the terrain, revealing prevously hidden, 3D details. My 8" scope resolves amazing detail at about 250x. Anyway, the heavens lifted my spirits. Hooray for our moon.
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