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Complex Moon Halo - Oct 19th

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« on: October 19, 2008, 01:31:06 pm »

A nice Moon halo formed last night around the waning gibbous Moon in the NE sky between 00.45 - 01.30 BST. It was a fairly bright 22 degree halo with colour. During the period of observation I was amazed to see a very well defined lunar upper tangent arc also with colour which extended beyond the halo top. It even had curved 'horns'. Running through the entire halo was a rare lunar parhelic circle which I have never seen before. A possible tiny moondog meets it on the E side. I have never seen a complex moon halo like this one before. Images are rushed, taken from my back door while talking on the phone at the same time.



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« Reply #1 on: October 19, 2008, 01:41:54 pm »

Nice (although a faint) halo, Martin.  Smiley I can see the UTA.

BTW, I have a clear weather now, and the same forecast until Saturday  Smiley , so wait for some observations from me...
Any chances of clear weather in Ireland?
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« Reply #2 on: October 19, 2008, 01:57:02 pm »

Cheers Roman, although I wouldn't exactly call that faint. It's a decent halo from only a waning gibbous Moon.

Glad to hear you got good weather. I hope you catch McNaught - don't forget the Orionids!!

Storm system over us at the min with wind and rain. Might get a clearance later...fingers crossed.
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« Reply #3 on: October 19, 2008, 02:46:24 pm »

Nice image Martin. I'd given last night up altogether.

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Might get a clearance later...fingers crossed.
Pigs might fly - in fact they probably will if the wind gets up much more Wink
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« Reply #4 on: October 19, 2008, 03:29:40 pm »

Pigs might fly - in fact they probably will if the wind gets up much more Wink
Nice weather  Wink

I hope you catch McNaught - don't forget the Orionids!!
I'll try to catch the A1 McNaught, and of course, Orionids! It seems that Oct.20/21 night will be a busy one...
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« Reply #5 on: October 19, 2008, 03:50:47 pm »

Thanks Brian. Yes, Pigs might indeed fly tonight. Quite gusty here at the min but nothing severe. Having said that, I wouldn't like to be up the mountains.

Good luck Roman, I'm after both myself. If I get any clearance later in the night I will be doing an Orionid watch. Then again on the night of maximum. Fingers crossed that we will see something.  Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: October 19, 2008, 04:31:18 pm »

Obviously a master craftsman at 'multi-tasking' speaking on the phone and imaging at the same time.  Grin

Don't think he outlook for any o us is looking that good for tonight.  Sad
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« Reply #7 on: October 19, 2008, 11:05:08 pm »

Here's two of mine from last night, looks like I had thicker haze than you Martin, it was a nice halo though. You can just about pick out the Hyades and Pleiades on the right.

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« Reply #8 on: October 20, 2008, 02:32:45 pm »

Good captures gents. Only saw the moon briefly last night in gaps in the very fast moving clouds.
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« Reply #9 on: October 20, 2008, 09:42:03 pm »

Thanks for the feedback guys. John, I don't know about the multi-tasking...I just got lucky  Smiley

John (McC), two great Moon halo captures. The upper tangent arc is very well defined. It's been a great month for atmospherics.
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