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  1. Another clear evening on Saturday near Preston, Lancashire. Although, it was pretty cold. 7 shots into this one (plus one dark), stacked within Photoshop and some level adjustments to brighten it up a little. Camera: Canon 600D Scope: Skywatcher 127 w/AZ-GTI mount ISO: 800 Shutter speed: 1/400s
  2. 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...
  3. 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
  4. A couple of smaller shots. Thanks for looking.
  5. hi all stuck the barlow and dmk into the 9.25 here the great results (rude of me to say when there loads of great images of the moon and craters on sgl) i did get some great vids to stack we have had a couple a great night jupiter tonight if this good clear skys holds 1000 caputured @15fps average 300 stacked registax 5 light edit ps6
  6. bit more from a frosty last night c gem pier in obsy sct 9.25 hd 720* logitech some colds hands and i did some other stuff will sort later but for now enjoy these close ups sit at least 3 feet away from yor monitor please to get the full beauty of the moon pat
  7. Ok...bit of an odd one here...so whilst looking for targets the other night, I stumbled across this object. Now I had got the camera rotated on this one, so it just jumped out at me....hey that looks like the silhouette of a dinosaur (I thought). Now Im not sure this is actually in the lunar 100 (as we have things like the Lunar X and Lunar V...so how about the lunar dino. ;-) Ayway another feature on show in this image is actually very small (and towards the top left centre of the image). It s the Volcanic shield dome (Darney C3). It s roughly 7.5 miles square, but shows as slight 'lump' in the surface. All these images were the last ones taken with my Edge800HD and AVX combo...which is now on its way to its new home. As always, thanks for looking!
  8. So first run out with a new Astronomik ProPlanet 742 filter on my ZWO ASI120MM - this in an attempt to help with a lot of the struggle I've been having with this camera in unfiltered mode. Getting close to full moon so I was shooting for features near the eastern limb - and was impressed with the improvement this filter offered. All the following shots through an Orion SPX350, with ZWO ASI120MM, Astronomik IR-742 filter and a Meade Series 4000 2x Barlow (so pixel scale is somewhere around 0.24"/pixel). Thanks for looking!
  9. I'm a keen moon observer (and new here), primarily using 15x50 Canon image-stabilized binoculars, but also an old 4-inch 'scope that recently broke. I want to take things to the next level and invest in a 'scope powerful enough to study lunar features as the terminator creeps, including craters, mountain ranges, and perhaps even the lunar X, etc. It would be great to have the option of photography in future if that doesn't hugely change what I should buy, but observing is by far my primary goal here. Any suggestions please? Budget is £1.5k+. Thanks! Jamie
  10. I am considering buying a Skywatcher al/az+eq mount to use in alt az mode for lunar CCD photography. I currently have a celestron 11 CDC and a celestron 8 on a nexstar evo mount. I can use both these telescopes with the celestron 'solar system align' and sharp cap for short (~10 sec 300-500 frame) captures. I want to replace the nexstar evo mount for the C8 with a sturdier Skywatcher AZ-EQ 5GT mount BUT - 1) the altz/az option is supposed to be 'for visual use'. Does this mean its tracking in lunar rate/alt-az mode is very poor ? 2) I am confused about 'alignment' (is this only necessary to accurately access the database of interesting object positions?) The skywatcher mount does not have solar system align - but it does have lunar rate tracking in alt-az mode. If I align on any random stars in lunar rate+alt-az mode with the moon centred in the telscope will the mount then track the moon? If not ,is there another way to track the moon ?
  11. Well here it is. Am almost too embarassed to put it up but I won't learn anything if I don't I suppose. The original images were captured on a 2MP web cam using SnapCap. The 1000 frame avi was then processed in Registax using best 85%. Finished off in Photoshop. Be gentle with me guys.
  12. 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
  13. 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 ===============================================================================
  14. 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.
  15. 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/
  16. Hello, Thinking of getting this filter to enhance my lunar shots and mosaics. To be used on Point Grey Firefly mono on a 200p. Just wondering if anyone has any thoughts? Would I be better off with a different filter? Anyone have experience with these? Might use it for planetary as well but I've got the lunar bug right now . Thanks, Dan
  17. Further processing of lunar data captured on the exceptional night of 25th February. Image shows the Mare Imbrium area, taken with my ZWO ASI 120 MC camera attached to my Celestron Omni 120mm f8.3 'frac. Processed through Registax, and edited a little in PS.
  18. From the album: Celestron Nexstar 8i

    268 frames with the old white Xbox 360 Live Vision cam, Celestron UV/IR Cutoff filter, Bintel ED 2x Barlow with lens removed (used as extension tube). Full 640 x 480, starting to see sensor pixels and don't ya just love that noise in the bottom right hand corner. Possible my last image. As good as it's been, the Xbox 360 webcam is near the end of it's imaging days for me. Not that it has problems, but I've upgraded to something better for the job.

    © Aussie Dave

  19. Aussie Dave

    Lunar 1 frame.png

    From the album: Celestron Nexstar 8i

    One single best frame from a video. Taken with the Xbox 360 Live Vision webcam, Celestron UV/IR Cutoff filter, Bintel ED 2x Barlow with lens removed (used as extension tube).

    © Aussie Dave

  20. Blazar

    Plato and Vallis Alpes

    From the album: Edge 800 & 1100 HD

    Shot from the 19th. Non barlow shot using the Edge1100. Think there are hints of the rille running down the centre of the Vallis. Thanks for looking
  21. Quatermass

    blue moon

    From the album: The Quatermass experiments - Astro images.

    A wonderful full blue moon as it is called taken with my canon 350d and skywatcher 200p on a warm summer evening in 2013
  22. 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

  23. From the album: My Astro Pics

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

    © ©DanielJamesWatts

  24. badgers

    Lunar Mosaic

    From the album: Badgers - Astrophotos

    A half moon mosaic taken using a Canon 40D and a 2x Barlow via the EOS movie record program

    © Anton Enright

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