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General Category => Weather & Atmospherics => Topic started by: martinastro on October 08, 2008, 11:30:55 pm



Title: Draconid Moondogs
Post by: martinastro on October 08, 2008, 11:30:55 pm
I was out this evening watching for Draconid meteors when I glanced behind me at the waxing gibbous Moon and spotted these wonderful moondogs. The western dog was very intense and sported bright colours with the naked eye and a 'tail' pointing to the W. The dogs were a great sight with a fainter pillar and partial halo all at the same time. The brightest dog was located very close to Jupiter which was the icing on the cake. A nice surprise on a very cold misty night. Incidently, I have seen no Draconids yet!

(http://i34.tinypic.com/2pr6xw2.jpg)

(http://i37.tinypic.com/6scnlu.jpg)

(http://i36.tinypic.com/1604fsz.jpg)

(http://i36.tinypic.com/nevxag.jpg)


Title: Re: Draconid Moondogs
Post by: John9929 on October 09, 2008, 12:00:22 am
Lovely images Martin, thanks for the text but unfortunately nothing like that was visible from here.
Earlier I did see the ISS going over but it was very low, no chance of getting an image because of
the street lights. I think that's the last evening pass for a while. Well done on the dogs!


Title: Re: Draconid Moondogs
Post by: martinastro on October 09, 2008, 02:39:22 am
Thanks John. I thought I would send the text anyway even though it was probably a local event. I reckon these are the best moondogs I have seen to date. It made that three hours standing in the cold more than worth it. I seen the ISS earlier, probably the faintest I have ever seen it. It was in the same bino field as Jupiter. I didn't take any images of it.

The previous 'best' moonbows I seen where these, from Oct last year, but I took them from the back door. I should have went out somewhere to make the most of it. I think the Oct-Dec period is a great time for lunar atmospherics.

(http://i34.tinypic.com/xfrgoj.jpg)

(http://i34.tinypic.com/1zl6mgw.jpg)

Keep an eye out for moonbows over the next few nights.



Title: Re: Draconid Moondogs
Post by: Tyler on October 09, 2008, 05:24:21 am
very cool martin! im lucky to see a sundog, let alone a moondog.

I just got done observing, and have finally concluded my scope is worthless...


Title: Re: Draconid Moondogs
Post by: martinastro on October 09, 2008, 09:59:10 pm
Thanks Tyler. Lunar atmospherics are a wonderful treat to catch. I hope you see some of these in the near future.

What happened your scope?


Title: Re: Draconid Moondogs
Post by: Roman White on October 11, 2008, 09:25:06 pm
What a bright moondog, Martin! Great shots  :) I have never seen that kind of dogs  :D