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  1. 2018 Curtiss Cross Predictions, Approx "start times" using Selenographic Colongitude 194.00 JAN 10 1713UT FEB 9 0744UT MAR 10 2139UT APR 9 1041UT MAY 8 2248UT JUN 7 1008UT JUL 6 2103UT AUG 5 0759UT SEP 3 1922UT OCT 3 0733UT NOV 1 2042UT DEC 1 1043UT Dana T
  2. Effectively my first light on this sight. Need to concentrate on the focusing but your comments would be much appreciated Moon framed.bmp
  3. I made a gif from my moonrise video, what was taken with Huawei P10 smartphone and Celestron Nexstar 8 SE telescope. 25mm plössl eyepiece used.
  4. Hello all! My father lives in Istanbul and he has the Gskyer AZ70700 Refractor Telescope. He has been really enjoying it as you can see from the photos I've uploaded in the Amazon review I've left for this item (Btw, I've just realized that this review is now the most helpful/liked review on this item which is cool): https://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-reviews/R35LBDSUABUUAU/ My father is OBSESSED with looking at the moon's craters and he had this telescope for almost a year now and he probably never skipped a day at looking at the moon as long as the moon was visible. I've made the post below on this forum before asking for suggestions on what upgraded equipments I should buy for his telescope: And after the suggestions and more research, I've bought these items: 1) Celestron 8-24mm Zoom Eyepiece (1.25") 2) Celestron 90° Star Diagonal (1.25") 3) SVBONY 1.25" Barlow Lens 2x Multi Coated T Adapter 4) Orion 05598 1.25-Inch 25 Percent Transmission Moon Filter (Black) Now basically, my father's only wish in this life is to be able to zoom at the moon more and see the craters of the moon more clearly while being zoomed more. Right now, when he uses the 2x Adapter with 8mm eyepiece, things get blurry but he keeps trying to zoom more some nights and tells me that he is hoping one day it won't look as blurry on that amount of zoom I showed him a youtube video of the moon's craters zoomed in with a better telescope once and he was basically shocked and almost didn't believe me that that was possible with better telescopes though I am not sure how bigger/better/expensive those telescopes would be. Now my father had an open heart surgery recently but he is OK now and I really want him to experience using a better telescope while he can and me being a good son, I want to buy him a better telescope now as I have a bit extra money to spend. I bought the telescope he is using now for 130$ (btw, this telescope had 5 star average reviews on Amazon at the time of my purchase which is why I bought it but I wish I knew about this forum before and asked you guys before buying that one although my father still loved the telescope a lot so I don't have many regrets about it). I was wondering if there are better budget telescopes that are around 180-300$ that can be at least a bit better than his current telescope when looking at the moon's craters while being zoomed more with better/clearer visuals. Btw, because of the light pollution in Istanbul Turkey, only the Moon, Saturn and some big stars are visible in the sky but my father only cares about the Moon craters anyway. It's also important for me that the telescope I'll buy will support 1.25" eyepiece that my father has. After I've read many Top 10 articles online, the Celestron PowerSeeker 127EQ seems like a good budget option for me and I hear that because it has 1000 mm Focal Length, it's a good option for looking at the moon? I wouldn't know much about that thought which is why I wanted to get you guy's opinion on this. I've also seen that this telescope is being sold in Turkish websites (such as n11, hepsiburada, gittigidiyor etc.) which would mean I wouldn't pay anything for shipment to Istanbul and that he would have the option to return it in 14 days with a full refund if he doesn't like it. However, if you guys think that this telescope wouldn't really differ much from the telescope he has now when it comes to looking at moon's craters zoomed in, or that there are better telescopes than this 127EQ that is not too much more expensive than 127EQ but better at looking at moon's craters zoomed in and still beginner/mid-level friendly when it comes to looking at the moon, then please let me know! I'd really appreciate any input on this before I make my purchase. Thank you in advance!
  5. Waxing crescent 27/7/2017
  6. Taken at 0218 am on 14th July 2017. ISS transit of the Moon. The ISS had just come out of shadow, was low in the sky: ISS Lunar Transit by James West, on Flickr
  7. Moon picture taken on June 19th at 3.40am with my 200p and dlsr attached.
  8. Hello all, this is an update for my previous post. Stayed on my feet for 2 hrs, but it was worth. I got really good pictures, 2 videos and 1 timelapse that turned really cool. Jupiter seeing was poor unfortunately. Found out that trying to magnify with your phone is actually good. Anyways I will upload the videos as sono as i can. Please tell me your thoughts on the pictures that were made on a phone until then, i also included a picture of my setup. Clear skies!
  9. Taken with Canon 70D with 100-400mm Mk II lens and 2x extender (800mm f11). ISS transit of the Moon by James West, on Flickr
  10. Hello Bad conditions on France but I could still do some pictures that day. I used my 625mm, barlow 3, IR 685 filter and the excellent QHY5-III 178MM. Two versions of each image one at 70% and at 100%. Clear skies. Luc CATHALA Messier and Messier A I have not found better by an amateur on the web.
  11. What are the chances of seeing an impact on the moon? I see there was an impact in March 2013 visible to the naked eye. Then an even bigger one later that year. They might have created craters 20 and 40 meters across. Did they know beforehand? And could they tell us in future? And what are the chances of one ten times bigger? I know you'd need luck. The impact on the facing side of the moon. A clear night. It indeed being night at the time. The moon being visible at all. But would be great to see it. Is there any chance in the next 15 years or am I asking the impossible?
  12. Hello I am very happy to present you one of the most resolute images of the Tycho crater taken from the earth. The only one I know much more accurate was taken by the telescope of 1 meter from the Pic du Midi at 2880 m altitude. http://cdn.astrobin.com/images/thumbs/2779e738dc68a43e601feffd924c35b0.1824x0_q100_watermark.jpg I have taken it in infrared but I can do a little better by using smaller frequency filters but it is necessary that the turbulence is low. Clear skies Luc CATHALA This one was taken the day before with barlow 3 and IR685.
  13. Finally got round to using ICE for the first time on this 2 pane mosaic of the full moon from several weeks ago with my Mak and Canon 1100D. Was pretty easy to do and I'm really impressed how ICE does it all automatically. A little blurred but hey, user error... ?
  14. Here is a Sony Handycam shot of the August full moon, also known as the Fruit Moon by the Cherokee people of the Southeastern United States, and the Sturgeon Moon by the Native peoples of the U.S. Great Lakes region. The Fruit Moon was so named because it occurred during the season of the ripening of fruit. The Sturgeon Moon was so named because it occurred during the peak of the sturgeon fish in the Great Lakes. Enjoy some original Native American-inspired music on Native flute, powwow drum and ankle bells as you watch the August moon slowly rise. The musical selection is called "The Gathering", from my collection of Native American-inspired pieces, TSALAGI CITIZEN, available here: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/wodigewehali O-Siyo! Reggie
  15. I watch a lot of amateur astronomy videos on YT now that i've got into it as a hobby, we all know the Moon is an unlikely partner in space, why it's here (i think there's around five competing theories as to it's appearance in our Solar system), why it has such a low apparent density, why it's the perfect size to eclipse the Sun, transient Lunar phenomenon etc ... One thing i find hard to explain is the hexagonal craters. A quick search brings up lots of academic resuolts, it's obviously an interesting problem to many serious researchers, how can a normal impact crater go from round to hexagonal ? There's a reddit discussion : Sorry, didn't realise links were being actively parsed! That discussion starts with (i didn't read it all) the sub-surface crack theory. I think that can be thrown out immediately since sub-surface cracks don't sporadically form heacgoanl nodes her, there and everywhere ! Three are lots of thjeories, many of them involving mineral deposits, such as Basalt, but deposits that form instantly upon an asteroid impact and organize themselves into multi-kilometre-wide hexagons? It's not The Devil's Causeway ! I know no-one here can know why some of them are hexagonal, none of us has Hubble at our fingetips, but i'd be interested to hear other theories, i've only done a quick bit of searching.
  16. Here is a video of the moon at around 6:50AM though the optics of my Tal100RS russian refractor. Camera used is a Canon EOM M mirrorless using prime focus. Mount HEQ5 Pro belt mod. Link to video:
  17. Storms are moving in so had the bring the rig inside for who knows how long so here is my obligatory evil orb shot of course. This was done with my 90's C8 using of all things my AstroTech field flattener which is the only correcter I have that actually works on my SCTs go figure. Pretty sharp side to side. 10k captured AVI frames using BYEOS and my T5i in planetary mode and used the best 3500 of those stacked using PIPP, AS!2 and finally Registax. Slight tweeking in Camera RAW and resized for post. Let me know what you think.
  18. Got a photo of the Moon with corona a couple of nights ago, not through the telescope but through a camera, hope that's allowed ? Cheers, Gary.
  19. acr_astro

    Hyginus area

    Hi all, tonight, the clouds vanished for some hours so I set up the Dobsonian on the terrace and did a lunar sketch again. Telescope: Martini 10" f/5 Truss tube Dobsonian Eyepiece: Skywatcher 5mm UWA 58° Date & Time: Feb 3rd, 1800-1900 CET Location: home terrace, Dusseldorf region, Germany Technique: chalk and charcoal pens on black sketching paper Size: 11"x11" Literature: Craters of the Nearside Moon, Features of the Nearside Moon (both by John Moore) Right in the center of the 200km Rima Hyginus, there's Hyginus itself which - as per Moore -- is assumed to be a volcanic caldera instead of an impact crater. Southwest of it there is the crater Hyginus A. Further to the west and south, Rimae Triesnecker lead to the crater Triesnecker whose northwestern rim wasn't illuminated yet. Clear skies! Achim
  20. Hello An evening not too bad compared to others of this lunation and to the view of the results. Yet the turbulence was there but in the holes there were visible details on the screen. The high moon helped me a lot. I took some classics to check the quality and took more exotic craters. For the first time I had good conditions to have Gassendi I am very satisfied. The 625 mm becomes more and more efficient. What previously was exceptional now becomes normal. I hope you like it. As usual a reduced image and a large format. Clear skies. Luc
  21. Hi, all. Are you ready to moonwalk? Check out this image I captured using the Orion electronic imager and my Orion 180mm Mak-Cass: Copernicus really stands out, as does Aristarchus. I love the Seas. Grimaldi looks good, too! Regards, Reggie
  22. Just in case anyone is interested I came across a website that had 35 gigabytes of images from the Chinese mission, these have all be released by the Chinese to the public domain. THE PLANETARY SOCIETY I have spent hours looking at them Andrew
  23. Having purchased an IS camera from Helen at SGLXI to pick up lunar imaging again, I thought I'd better do some!! I have forgotten heaps on processing lunar images, so learning again from scratch! Feel free to comment robustly And I'm pretty sure it's Plato... but I could be wrong!!! So, I think there are about 1,000 frames from 5 videos in this, but this was my first time using Autostakkert, so can't be sure! Camera: IS DBK21 Scope: GSO RC f/8 - no barlow Mount: EQ6 Capture: SharpCap Processing: Aligned and stacked each video in Autostakkert, manually aligned in CS5. Levels, curves, High pass filter, unsharp mask, despeckle, FocusMagic
  24. After a week or two of solid cloud I finally got a chance to take a quick snapshot of the moon with my new camera, no filters or lenses used so not as good as it could be but im just happy to have been able to test the camera it is a afocal shot with the camera physically held against the telescope no filters or barlow lenses etc used and a single shot
  25. nice to see the moon in the day again at a decent hight. taken from obsy room window with 120mm frac,2xed barlow,450d, iso 400,65 frames staxed with regi. thanks for looking,clear skys charl.
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