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  1. Hello I was able to enjoy a few minutes of very good conditions to make Theophilus After regular degradation forced me to work more and more in infrared until abandonment. Theophilus shows the capacities of a large diameter in good condition very rarely available. The following images are close-ups of craters almost never photographed so precisely by amateurs except Endymion. Most of their images were taken by satellites. The favorable libration made them most accessible. I hope you will like. Clear skies. Luc CATHALA
  2. Good Day to you all, I just wanted to share my first real attempt at photographing the Moon. This image is the result of a stack of 50 or so photos processed using Registax. I used my Nikon dslr and a telephoto lens. I would gladly welcome your critique. The image has been optimized for web, the original was over 60mb in size. Thank you Ben
  3. Good Morning, Last night I decided to get myself off the sofa and collect moon images for stacking. It was around 01:00 and the Moon was 3 hours after moon - rise. The viability was OK. Not perfect but I wanted data. Nikon d7200, Sigma 150-600mm Sport +1.4TC gave me a focal length of 1260mm. I was limited to f/9 160sec ISO 1OO. I know that the lens is at its sharpest at f/11 but the image seemed too dark at this aperture. I took around 100 exposures and used Asrostakkert for stacking. The image posted here is optimised for web viewing at a reduced resolution. Please let me know what you think ?
  4. I haven't had too many chances to get out this year due to the clouds and wildfires burning in western N. Carolina. I've been working at trying to get some data processed and I must have forgot how to process Jupiter . I was using pipp , AS2 and reg.6 and having a really hard go at it. I guess time will tell the tale if I totally forgot how to rgb align and balance but , it's a start for the year. Enjoy and have a Happy Easter.
  5. It took me a while to process the images taken this weekend: this beautiful weather did come with a price, too many GB to process! These are from Thursday evening: an almost full lunar disk taken with my newest ASI 1600mm. Lower resolution than my other camera, and slower, but very good to get the moon in the field without stiching. The mosaic below, instead, was taken with my ASI 178mm: smaller pixel and smaller sensor, so much higher resolution, and lots more details. Unfortunately there are some stiching artifact, that I hope to remove in a future version. All the shots were taken with my Celestron Nexstar SLT 127, using my Planetary Imager software. More details about the evening in my blog page: http://blog.gulinux.net/en/blog/jupiter-and-moon-06-04-2017
  6. Just looked out to confirm that the clouds were still there and whether I could see the moon close to Jupiter, and caught this view instead. Not the usual halo around the moon, but much further away. OK, so I know what the con-trails are, but is this a moon-bow? Sorry about the truly lousy image snapped on a convenient hand-held bridge camera in auto mode! (must learn how to control manually some time.) AK
  7. Greetings, I thought I'd share with you all this little arty farty collage I made of the moon and some of the planets: Jupiter, Mars and Saturn. All the photos were taken by holding my iPad to my 8inch dob. They were then processed on my iPad and put together on Instagram. Not amazing I know but I was quite chuffed considering my technical limitations. clear skies, Thomas
  8. Who is planning to observe or image during the penumbral eclipse this weekend? https://britastro.org/node/9088 James
  9. So, did I just manage to flukily capture a satellite alongside the moon tonight?? EOS650D, 55-200mm kit zoom @ 200mm, ISO200 Singleshot. Deconvolved, cropped & processed in LightroomCC & PhotoshopCC.
  10. Hi All, Last Friday I pulled out the new scope scope to have a look at the moon. I did the collimation and left it outside for about 2 hours to allow the mirrors to reach equilibrium. The view through it was BRIGHT, and I mean bright, to the point it was not comfortable viewing it with out a CIR Polarizer set to almost its dimmest setting. I could see that the seeing was not the best, it was fluctuating in and out of focus quite severely but I still decided to try to get a few images of the moon. Through the DMK41 and a IRPass685 filter the poor seeing was obvious, it was like looking through water. The attached images are a result if 20% best frames from 2000 frames stacked in Autostakkert 2 and wavelets applied in RegiStax 6, a slight Unsharp mask added in PS. Thanks for looking,
  11. Managed to get a few pics of the moon holding my phone up to the eyepiece and then *attempted* to edit them. I done the editing with a free app I found, Jus not sure if I've over done it. There didnt seem to be much detail at first. I'm quite happy with the outcome considering my kit is very basic. Hoping to try some other eyepieces next time Anyway heres what I think was the best one...
  12. Lovely evening and clear skies. Taken on my Samsung s4 phone and Tal.
  13. These are two images of the moon right after first quarter in October. These are first light for the new ASI290MC. Processed using AS!2 and a little PS. I tried aligning these in PS but did not succeed. I still need to process the raw but the sharpened tiffs from AS came out quite well, I think. If would be most grateful if you have any comments to share :-) R:)
  14. Hello out there: I was hoping to find a few geeks who like to do their own numerical astro-programming, rather than only using the free software found on the Internet. I use PHP for my work, since it can handle massive astronomical computations far beyond the reach of Java script. It seems like doing your own astro-computing from scratch is a fading art, so I'm trying to keep it alive on the Internet. Right now, I'm concentrating on the moon. Not the Jean Meeus moon, but the NASA/JPL DE405 moon, which is much more accurate (theoretically to the nearest second and lunar distance to within ±0.01 km). If you like to study the moon, here are a few examples of the kind of programming I'm referring to above. http://neoprogrammics.com/index/moon/Lunar_Ephemeris_Statistics_Calculator.php This program computes the basic lunar ephemeris statistics and phase for any given moment. http://neoprogrammics.com/current_lunar_phase_4/ This virtual HD lunar telescope is ideal for cloudy nights when the moon is invisible and you still want to explore it anyway. It allows you to virtually view the moon from four sides - left, right, front and far side in HD detail (1500 x 1500 pixel resolution and at any selected relative phase angle from 0 to 360 degrees. Nothing too fancy yet, just an easy way to view the moon in fine detail. I may eventually add North/South polar views in the future - maybe. There's a lot of work involved, but so far the virtual lunar telescope is working out rather well. http://neoprogrammics.com/index/moon/Full_Year_Lunar_Events_Calculator.php This program displays a schedule of all lunar phases, apogees and perigees for any year from 1600 to 2200, adjusted for any time zone. It makes it very easy to find all blue moons, black moons, super-moons and months with 2 apogees or perigees. It takes approximately 8-10 seconds to compute a complete lunar events ephemeris for an entire year. All the programs are written in PHP and the lunar images were rendered by a FREEware rendering package called POV-Ray. The complete source code and graphics resources required to generate all these images or any user-defined custom view, is freely available as well, should anyone have an interest. Any opinions are welcome, especially from those scientifically inclined to do their own personal astro-computing from scratch. If anyone here has a PHP-based web site designed to perform astronomical computations, I'd like to hear from them and perhaps exchange some astronomy programming source code, ideas and tips. I also have PHP programs for computing very accurate ephemerides for the sun, all the planets, Pluto and 15 major asteroids. EXAMPLE: Below is an example output for 2016 from the Full Year Lunar Events Calculator program mentioned above. ******************************************************************************* BASIC LUNAR EVENTS FOR THE YEAR 2016 (UT) =============================================================================== January 2016 - Basic Lunar Events For Time Zone UT+00:00 Applied NASA Delta T = +00:01:10 JD TT Date Time UT DoW Lunar Event ---------------- ----------- -------- --- -------------------------------- 2457389.73025407 2016 Jan 02 05:30:24 Sat Last Quarter Moon 2457389.99593187 2016 Jan 02 11:52:59 Sat Apogee at 251206 mi = 404277 km 2457397.56365929 2016 Jan 10 01:30:30 Sun New Moon 2457402.59366625 2016 Jan 15 02:13:43 Fri Perigee at 229671 mi = 369619 km 2457404.47742367 2016 Jan 16 23:26:19 Sat First Quarter Moon 2457411.57422155 2016 Jan 24 01:45:43 Sun Full Moon 2457417.88258491 2016 Jan 30 09:09:45 Sat Apogee at 251377 mi = 404553 km There are two lunar apogees in January of 2016 in time zone UT+00:00. =============================================================================== February 2016 - Basic Lunar Events For Time Zone UT+00:00 Applied NASA Delta T = +00:01:10 JD TT Date Time UT DoW Lunar Event ---------------- ----------- -------- --- -------------------------------- 2457419.64510908 2016 Feb 01 03:27:47 Mon Last Quarter Moon 2457427.11114979 2016 Feb 08 14:38:53 Mon New Moon 2457429.61233212 2016 Feb 11 02:40:35 Thu Perigee at 226403 mi = 364360 km 2457433.82472513 2016 Feb 15 07:46:26 Mon First Quarter Moon 2457441.26458329 2016 Feb 22 18:19:50 Mon Full Moon 2457445.64524249 2016 Feb 27 03:27:59 Sat Apogee at 251893 mi = 405383 km =============================================================================== March 2016 - Basic Lunar Events For Time Zone UT+00:00 Applied NASA Delta T = +00:01:10 JD TT Date Time UT DoW Lunar Event ---------------- ----------- -------- --- -------------------------------- 2457449.46654068 2016 Mar 01 23:10:39 Tue Last Quarter Moon 2457456.58029536 2016 Mar 09 01:54:28 Wed New Moon 2457457.79501594 2016 Mar 10 07:03:39 Thu Perigee at 223389 mi = 359510 km 2457463.21113987 2016 Mar 15 17:02:52 Tue First Quarter Moon 2457471.00137190 2016 Mar 23 12:00:49 Wed Full Moon 2457473.09584941 2016 Mar 25 14:16:51 Fri Apogee at 252355 mi = 406125 km 2457479.13749048 2016 Mar 31 15:16:49 Thu Last Quarter Moon There are two last quarter moons in March of 2016 in time zone UT+00:00. =============================================================================== April 2016 - Basic Lunar Events For Time Zone UT+00:00 Applied NASA Delta T = +00:01:10 JD TT Date Time UT DoW Lunar Event ---------------- ----------- -------- --- -------------------------------- 2457485.97555150 2016 Apr 07 11:23:38 Thu New Moon 2457486.23380509 2016 Apr 07 17:35:31 Thu Perigee at 221931 mi = 357163 km 2457492.66699018 2016 Apr 14 03:59:18 Thu First Quarter Moon 2457500.17093164 2016 Apr 21 16:04:58 Thu Apogee at 252495 mi = 406351 km 2457500.72550971 2016 Apr 22 05:23:34 Fri Full Moon 2457508.64573447 2016 Apr 30 03:28:41 Sat Last Quarter Moon =============================================================================== May 2016 - Basic Lunar Events For Time Zone UT+00:00 Applied NASA Delta T = +00:01:10 JD TT Date Time UT DoW Lunar Event ---------------- ----------- -------- --- -------------------------------- 2457514.67669480 2016 May 06 04:13:16 Fri Perigee at 222344 mi = 357827 km 2457515.31294517 2016 May 06 19:29:28 Fri New Moon 2457522.21060564 2016 May 13 17:02:06 Fri First Quarter Moon 2457527.42169214 2016 May 18 22:06:04 Wed Apogee at 252235 mi = 405933 km 2457530.38580394 2016 May 21 21:14:23 Sat Full Moon 2457538.00911387 2016 May 29 12:11:57 Sun Last Quarter Moon =============================================================================== June 2016 - Basic Lunar Events For Time Zone UT+00:00 Applied NASA Delta T = +00:01:10 JD TT Date Time UT DoW Lunar Event ---------------- ----------- -------- --- -------------------------------- 2457542.95543030 2016 Jun 03 10:54:39 Fri Perigee at 224402 mi = 361140 km 2457544.62550516 2016 Jun 05 02:59:34 Sun New Moon 2457551.84093483 2016 Jun 12 08:09:47 Sun First Quarter Moon 2457555.00107087 2016 Jun 15 12:00:23 Wed Apogee at 251670 mi = 405024 km 2457559.96073255 2016 Jun 20 11:02:17 Mon Full Moon 2457567.26374081 2016 Jun 27 18:18:37 Mon Last Quarter Moon =============================================================================== July 2016 - Basic Lunar Events For Time Zone UT+00:00 Applied NASA Delta T = +00:01:10 JD TT Date Time UT DoW Lunar Event ---------------- ----------- -------- --- -------------------------------- 2457570.77895420 2016 Jul 01 06:40:32 Fri Perigee at 227411 mi = 365983 km 2457573.95982386 2016 Jul 04 11:00:59 Mon New Moon 2457581.53677331 2016 Jul 12 00:51:47 Tue First Quarter Moon 2457582.72587150 2016 Jul 13 05:24:05 Wed Apogee at 251201 mi = 404269 km 2457589.45674730 2016 Jul 19 22:56:33 Tue Full Moon 2457596.45889452 2016 Jul 26 22:59:38 Tue Last Quarter Moon 2457596.98478489 2016 Jul 27 11:36:55 Wed Perigee at 229698 mi = 369662 km There are two lunar perigees in July of 2016 in time zone UT+00:00. =============================================================================== August 2016 - Basic Lunar Events For Time Zone UT+00:00 Applied NASA Delta T = +00:01:10 JD TT Date Time UT DoW Lunar Event ---------------- ----------- -------- --- -------------------------------- 2457603.36505797 2016 Aug 02 20:44:31 Tue New Moon 2457610.50399701 2016 Aug 10 00:04:35 Wed Apogee at 251197 mi = 404262 km 2457611.26526116 2016 Aug 10 18:20:49 Wed First Quarter Moon 2457618.89424164 2016 Aug 18 09:26:32 Thu Full Moon 2457622.55544259 2016 Aug 22 01:18:40 Mon Perigee at 228074 mi = 367050 km 2457625.65414698 2016 Aug 25 03:40:48 Thu Last Quarter Moon =============================================================================== September 2016 - Basic Lunar Events For Time Zone UT+00:00 Applied NASA Delta T = +00:01:10 JD TT Date Time UT DoW Lunar Event ---------------- ----------- -------- --- -------------------------------- 2457632.87794313 2016 Sep 01 09:03:04 Thu New Moon 2457638.28184921 2016 Sep 06 18:44:42 Tue Apogee at 251689 mi = 405055 km 2457640.99306322 2016 Sep 09 11:48:51 Fri First Quarter Moon 2457648.29599287 2016 Sep 16 19:05:04 Fri Full Moon 2457650.20940284 2016 Sep 18 17:00:22 Sun Perigee at 224872 mi = 361896 km 2457654.91471884 2016 Sep 23 09:56:02 Fri Last Quarter Moon =============================================================================== October 2016 - Basic Lunar Events For Time Zone UT+00:00 Applied NASA Delta T = +00:01:10 JD TT Date Time UT DoW Lunar Event ---------------- ----------- -------- --- -------------------------------- 2457662.50868953 2016 Oct 01 00:11:21 Sat New Moon 2457665.96132602 2016 Oct 04 11:03:09 Tue Apogee at 252336 mi = 406096 km 2457670.69037558 2016 Oct 09 04:32:58 Sun First Quarter Moon 2457677.68349491 2016 Oct 16 04:23:04 Sun Full Moon 2457678.48262219 2016 Oct 16 23:33:49 Sun Perigee at 222364 mi = 357861 km 2457684.30202537 2016 Oct 22 19:13:45 Sat Last Quarter Moon 2457692.23563297 2016 Oct 30 17:38:09 Sun New Moon 2457693.31250065 2016 Oct 31 19:28:50 Mon Apogee at 252688 mi = 406662 km There are two new moons in October of 2016 in time zone UT+00:00. A second new moon within the same calendar month is called a 'Black Moon'. There are two lunar apogees in October of 2016 in time zone UT+00:00. =============================================================================== November 2016 - Basic Lunar Events For Time Zone UT+00:00 Applied NASA Delta T = +00:01:10 JD TT Date Time UT DoW Lunar Event ---------------- ----------- -------- --- -------------------------------- 2457700.32795017 2016 Nov 07 19:51:05 Mon First Quarter Moon 2457706.97378346 2016 Nov 14 11:21:05 Mon Perigee at 221524 mi = 356509 km 2457707.07860523 2016 Nov 14 13:52:01 Mon Full Moon 2457713.85717697 2016 Nov 21 08:33:10 Mon Last Quarter Moon 2457720.33980313 2016 Nov 27 20:08:09 Sun Apogee at 252621 mi = 406554 km 2457722.01344611 2016 Nov 29 12:18:12 Tue New Moon =============================================================================== December 2016 - Basic Lunar Events For Time Zone UT+00:00 Applied NASA Delta T = +00:01:10 JD TT Date Time UT DoW Lunar Event ---------------- ----------- -------- --- -------------------------------- 2457729.87788091 2016 Dec 07 09:02:59 Wed First Quarter Moon 2457735.47931956 2016 Dec 12 23:29:03 Mon Perigee at 222737 mi = 358461 km 2457736.50464604 2016 Dec 14 00:05:31 Wed Full Moon 2457743.58115567 2016 Dec 21 01:55:42 Wed Last Quarter Moon 2457747.74718345 2016 Dec 25 05:54:47 Sun Apogee at 252196 mi = 405870 km 2457751.78772595 2016 Dec 29 06:53:10 Thu New Moon ===============================================================================
  15. Hi, what's the best scope for close-up photos/video of the Moon ? I read that the highest practical power worth going for is 300x due to atmospheric conditions etc, i also read that refractors are better resolution. I'd like to photograph/video close-ups of crater edges, mountains etc .. I'm pretty sure i should get a skywatcher due to all the good reviews and their price vs performance. Thanks for any help
  16. Hi, since quite some time I wanted to image a ISS moon transit. After my successfull double ISS solar transit I tought that could be another nice "thing to have". After all the fuzz about the super moon I decided "I need no sleep!". Since my Mak127 with my Nikon5100 is barely able to frame a "normal" moon, and not able to get a full moon on video, I used a Vivitar Series 1 Zoom adapted to my ZWO ASI 120MC on my NexStar SLT. That left me with quite some low resolution but I tried anyways. The night was very clear, there was just one thing which worried me. The big walnut tree could be in the way... I tried to measure and plann with stellarium and came to the conclusion that it would work from my terrace, sitting in the warm house imaging. First I wanted to image from a window in the first floor but that would have meant very bad air or let the room cool out heavyly. I took some nice shots around midnight and again slewed the scope to the expected position, just above the walnut tree. So I sleeped a bit and started to align the scope again at 4:00 MEZ, the transit was expected at 4:25:40. The moon was high enough still and I was quite sure it would work out. At 4:20 there was suddenly some strange shadows, then a trunk started to "move in", dang not enough time to pack the telescope and move to the garden. I hoped that I could make it to a gap in the tree in 5 minutes, but no.... So I ended up with a successfull imaged transit but having some shadows. I get now the chainsaw... ;-) Spot the ISS close to the center. The incredible 58fps of the ASI produces nearky a continous line of ISS outlines: So now I am tired but the outcome was despite my error quite ok. Just preparing a video showing the realtime transit. Cheers, Carsten
  17. After what seemed like eons, I had a slight break in the clouds for an while just after the France v Albania footie match which revealed the moon. So, after a little observation I decided I'd try a hand again at getting a shot of it with my IPhone 6+ through the eyepiece. Took quite a few shots, so going to work on some of the images, but for now I thought this one came out pretty well. Taken through my ST120 frac, with my 17mm Vixen LV EP. Originally with a blue filter to take some of the glare out of the moon, but tweaked on my IPad to show some of the seas better, so it turned out black and white instead.
  18. Hardly had time to use my telescope since moving house but finally managed to get out for a very quick look up at the moon and about 20 minutes of trying to get a decent picture in between fireworks. Here's my best effort from tonight.
  19. Just thought I would post these single frame shots of the Moon with Earthshine. I took them whilst I was waiting to see if I could catch a glimps of C/2011 L4 (PANSTARRS), but no luck! Taken with a Canon 1100D on a Slick 88 camera tripod. Settings: 70mm & 210mm focal lengths, F/4, 2/5", 400 ISO. I believe the comet should have been directly below the Moon by about 5-7 degs, but there was some cloud along the horizon with haze above that, which I think is where the comet was!
  20. Hi guys, It has been a while since I last visited this forum and thought it is a great shame. A while ago, I figured how to properly attach my Prestigio webcam to a telescope using spare part from Hyperion Zoom and got around to get myself some motor drive for my 4.5" newtonian on a EQ2 mount. With somehwat limited tracking capabilities, I was finally able to get down to some wannabe serious imaging, and my first stop was the Moon last night, although the seeing was terrible. I just wanted to share my results with you, recieve some feedback and tips from you in the community. Setup and imaging details: 114/900 on EQ2, basic motor drive (focusing was a nightmare) Prestigio PWC2, most basic 2x Barlow Registax, ACDSee 6 Pro Range of resolutions/fps/exposures So, what do you think?
  21. After a great hour viewing i stuck the dmk 21 mono into the 9.25 sct and put the IR pass 742nm filter and did a few barlow shots then just some random rilles ect enjoy i did avaerage 1200 frames 900 stacked
  22. Amazingly, after a foggy day in Selsey, it cleared just in time for the eclipse. Here are a couple of shots of this rather short event... Pete
  23. Hi all, A while since I've posted. I captured enough frames to build a full disc lunar mosaic on the evening of the 20th. The build is ongoing - this is how far I've got so far. Sorry it's a bit large Also - here's a bit of a shocker with Copernicus
  24. I finally got around to finishing my lunar mosaic from April 20th... http://zoom.it/CkFj#full
  25. todd8137


    Hi all was out last night the 9th and was just viewing around 21:30 seeing was brill so a bit of moon as Jupiter was bounce ing all over the place try in to get focus with the rgb was terrible , That said I pointed at the moon ,and the boil was evident and I ran a few test vids could not get tight focus Here's the kit C9.25" sct Dmk 21 mono Ir 740mn pass filter Cgem on pier 30fps Average 1200 frames best 90% stacked
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