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  1. Got a pretty serviceable couple of mosaics the other night of Plato and Copernicus. Its been almost 5 months and one nerve-wracking optics clean since I last imaged anything. Felt good being back outside again. Both mosaics were shot through a red filter using my 8 inch SCT and DBK camera. 12 pane mosaic of Plato and Vallis Alpes 6 pane mosaic of Copernicus
  2. Here's my latest lunar mosaic from the morning of 6th September. 67 panes shot through a red filter between 12.50 and 2.30am. Followed by several hours of processing and manually stitching together using photoshop. I'm still knackered two days later. If the picture takes ages to load or you feel brave enough to view it full size (be warned, its massive) click here: http://www.flickr.co...in/photostream/
  3. Dan Watts

    Moon

    From the album: My Astro Pics

    Taken with my Panasonic Lumix through a Baader Zoom Eyepiece with Moon Filter using my Orion XT8.

    © ©DanielJamesWatts

  4. From the album: My Astro Pics

    Taken with my Panasonic Lumix through a Baader Zoom Eyepiece with Moon Filter using my Orion XT8.

    © ©DanielJamesWatts

  5. Recently acquired a StarShoot Solar System Colour Imager IV and have never used such a device to image - finally got a brief chance to last night. I had a long day at work, so between 20:00 and 22:00 I had a power nap and then set off for the field behind my house with my gear in tow. After setting up and starting my drift alignment a cloud rolled in exactly where the Moon would rise, and stayed there until 00:45 - my frustration was audible at this point as the rest of the sky was perfectly clear, literally the only cloud in the sky was directly in front of the Moon - but decided to stay up to catch a glimpse! Thankfully the cloud shifted and I plugged in the SSSSCIIV - focus was tricky due to wobble introduced every time I touched the OTA, that and the sky was boiling - I've never really done much lunar photography beyond a few DSLR shots and never "zoomed in" so much before. The view despite the boiling atmosphere was fantastic - reminded me why I do this stuff all over again! Indeed this is the RAW video of my boiling sky - how would you rate the seeing conditions based on this video? The AmCap settings remained untouched and I started recording some videos - indeed just seeing the Moon like that on my laptop inspired me to try streaming video to people, or putting it up on a big screen at a star party so multiple people can enjoy the view at the same time. The night got progressively colder and the mist rolled in, low to start and then utterly obliterated anything below 10 meters - the dew that gathered on my scope was insane, and I decided to pack up before anything shorted out or it became utterly pointless to image anything but haze. I've never used RegiStax either - indeed, blind mucking around at 4-5am is what created these images. I'm not sure if my focus was off, my Registax skills being no existent caused problems, or the seeing conditions would be rated as "bad"? But in my inexperienced opinion, I didn't really get that much detail. Also I don't know the Moon at all well and find a few online resources rather awkward to use - can anyone tell me if I captured any well known features?
  6. From the album: Lunar and Planetary Images

    Taken using Williams Optics FLT-110 refractor and Imaging Source DMK21AU04.AS Monochrome CCD. Video stacked in RegiStax6. Image shows the well known Tycho Crater which has a diameter of 102km and was named after the Danish Astronomer Tycho Brahe. The crater is surrounded by a distinctive ray system forming long spokes that reach as long as 1,500km.

    © Vicky050373

  7. Dan Watts

    Crater on Moon

    From the album: My Astro Pics

    Taken with my iPhone 3GS through a Baader Zoom Eyepiece with Moon Filter using my Orion XT8.

    © ©DanielJamesWatts

  8. Dan Watts

    Crescent of Moon

    From the album: My Astro Pics

    Taken with my Panasonic Lumix through a Baader Zoom Eyepiece using my Orion XT8.

    © ©DanielJamesWatts

  9. Hi all, yesterday evening I got cold fingers at -3°C when sitting behind my 5" MAK doing a sketch of lunar crater Eratosthenes. Telescope: Celestron Nexstar 127 SLT Eyepiece: Skywatcher 5mm UWA 58° Date & Time: Jan 6th, 2017 / 1740-1840 CET Location: home terrace, Dusseldorf region, Germany Technique: natural charcoal and chalk on black sketching paper Size: 11"x11" Image is mirror-reversed. Eratosthenes is about 58km in diameter and is located at the western end of the Apennines. On the sketch you can see as well the western rim of the low crater Stadius (SE of Eratosthenes) and the craters Eratosthenes C and Wolff B. Clear skies! Achim
  10. After a long day of travel, decided to set the scope up to relax in the back garden. Wind was shaking the scope periodically and the seeing was horrific, Saturn was a bouncing jellyfish and the Moon was occasionally so out of focus, wobbly, Copernicus turned in to a squished oval. Regardless, got this through my LX90 8" with a 2x barlow and the Orion Solar Imager IV (So want to replace this camera for something better!).
  11. Dan Watts

    Surface of Moon

    From the album: My Astro Pics

    Taken with my Panasonic Lumix through a Baader Zoom Eyepiece with Moon Filter using my Orion XT8.

    © ©DanielJamesWatts

  12. Here's some F30 mosaics from this mornings session at.. some ridiculous hour that not many people know exists. F30 is as far as I can push my scope using my Televue 3x barlow. Its not often the seeing is good enough to make it happen using only an 8 inch aperture scope either. All shot through a red filter. Can't do much more to reduce the noise in these when working at this focal length, its a by product of the lack of aperture. First up is a 6 pane mosaic of Moretus Followed by a 13 pane mosaic of Plato and surrounding region And then a 5 pane mosaic of Copernicus and finally a quick shot of Tycho
  13. As the clouds have come in thick and fast and lunar imaging has gone the way of the dodo for now I decided to look at some previous shots I've taken of one of my favourite targets, crater Moretus. I realised I have enough to shots to really show how libration affects this crater and the lunar limb. This is the result:
  14. Dan Watts

    Moon

    From the album: My Astro Pics

    Taken with my Panasonic Lumix through a Baader Zoom Eyepiece with Moon Filter using my Orion XT8.

    © ©DanielJamesWatts

  15. 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!
  16. Gassendi Crater and Surroundings One of the most interesting areas of the moon containing a huge array of various features. Seeing was just OK; this was the best out of a dozen or so shots. I may have gotten carried away with the labels, but the act of labeling was fun and greatly helped expand my understanding this portion of the moon. The detail in Gassendi and the area surrounding the Agatharchides craters were particularly fun to explore. 26 Feb 2018 Memphis, TN iPhone 8 Plus, Zoomed to 1.5x Sky-Watcher 10” Dob 3.2mm Agena Astro ED Eye Piece Orion Steady Pix EZ Smart Phone Adapter Tags manually added with Photoshop Mix No other adjustments made
  17. 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.
  18. From the album: My Astro Pics

    Taken with my iPhone 3GS through a Baader Zoom Eyepiece with Moon Filter using my Orion XT8.

    © ©DanielJamesWatts

  19. From the album: My Astro Pics

    Taken with my iPhone 3GS through a Baader Zoom Eyepiece with Moon Filter using my Orion XT8.

    © ©DanielJamesWatts

  20. Dan Watts

    Moon

    From the album: My Astro Pics

    Taken with my Panasonic Lumix through a Baader Zoom Eyepiece with Moon Filter using my Orion XT8.

    © ©DanielJamesWatts

  21. Dan Watts

    Half Moon

    From the album: My Astro Pics

    Taken with my Panasonic Lumix through a Baader Zoom Eyepiece with Moon Filter using my Orion XT8.

    © ©DanielJamesWatts

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