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LAST QUARTER MOON - Thurday early am.


paulastro
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Put alarm on at 2am, out observing 2.20am to 3.35am.  Excellent views at first, surprising good for such a warm  night, excellent in binoviewer at x150 with 24mm Orthos.  Started to get thick hazy clouds interrupting later which really affected the image.  There was also a lot of moisture in the end, the outside of the scope was awash with moisture by the time I got in.  Still some excellent views early as I said, and very enjoyable.  Also managed to take some snaps, using the SW 120ED.  The pic below is a single frame, Olympus E-M5 Mk 11 giving an effective focal length of 1800mm, 1/400 sec, 400 asa.  I've cropped the image to highlight  some of the best features.  Not as good as the views visually of course, but ok to show what was on offer.  Mount used, push-pull AZ4.

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Many thanks Chris.  Thinking of putting the alarm on and trying again Friday morning,  At 4am the Moon will be 27 degrees altitude up here - but there could still be thundery showers about,.  I'm setting the alarm for 3am, but not sure if I'll get up 🌘.

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