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Moon, M45, Hyades

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« on: July 28, 2008, 08:00:41 am »

I looked out at 0400 this morning and saw the Crescent Moon looking rather splendid. A look through the binos showed that it was actually covered in high altitude crud so I decided not to bother getting the scope out for serious pictures and went for the widefield instead.

M45 is to the upper right of the Moon, Aldebaran just off the bottom centre.

Looks like Autumn's not far away!

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« Reply #1 on: July 28, 2008, 10:31:57 am »

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I looked out at 0400 this morning and saw the Crescent Moon looking rather splendid.
You left it a bit late; not only was the sky brightening, there was a lot less cirrus/cirrostratus around an hour earlier.

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Looks like Autumn's not far away!
Cygnus past the meridian, Aldebaran well up in the East, .... Yeah, it comes quick as the 4 mins difference between the sidereal and solar days add on to the rapid advance of dawn.
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« Reply #2 on: July 28, 2008, 10:50:25 am »

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You left it a bit late;

Indeed, it was getting worse rapidly from the time I awoke - as well as the high altitude stuff there a thick fog coming off the sea and I think it was probably the Larne foghorn that woke me.

Saw the ISS pass before retiring - that was a good high bright one. It would have been a good night to stay out late, but work gets in the way!
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« Reply #3 on: July 28, 2008, 12:16:41 pm »

Yes, I seen the cresent Moon and M45 pairing last night to. Sky was clear all night and quite dark. Only problem was areas of dense fog which seemed to spill in everytime I was going to try for Boattini. No NLCs but some nice meteors seen again. Did see the triple spy satellite cluster. I couldn't take images due to the fog as even a faint film of the stuff would look horrendous in an exposure.
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« Reply #4 on: July 28, 2008, 01:03:43 pm »

Yes, the Moon is situated now very nice for photgraphy. I will be observing W1 Boattini and meteors on next night, maybe I'll capture some Moon photos (p.s. lunar occultation of HIP24252 6.8mag on the next night)

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« Reply #5 on: July 28, 2008, 07:03:45 pm »

Here's an image I took of the Moon this morning. I'm linking to it as it's a 1600 pixel square, 172 kilobyte JPEG.
http://www.bbhvig.uklinux.net/Moon-080727.jpg

02:28 UTC Jul 28th. Canon 40D, 400mm f/2.8L + 2x extender (800mm), 1/100 sec at f/5.6, ISO 400. Cropped and sharpened (wavelet sharpening using Registax) but otherwise pretty much as it came from the camera.
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« Reply #6 on: July 28, 2008, 07:43:11 pm »

That's excellent Brian - the timing's just right for Schiller!
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« Reply #7 on: July 28, 2008, 08:08:32 pm »

Very nice indeed Brian, detail maybe a touch burned out at the limb, but getting the cresent right is very difficult.
As well as Schiller, Schickard and Bailly look good. Sunset on the Bay is class!
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« Reply #8 on: July 28, 2008, 08:45:24 pm »

That's a good capture Brian!. 800mm focal length is some job for a camera. Very nice!
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« Reply #9 on: July 28, 2008, 09:51:10 pm »

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Wicked isn't it. Actually when the phase is a bit fatter I will happily use both 2x and 1.4x extenders making the focal length 1120mm, or ~1750mm effective allowing for the crop factor on the 40D.

My "record" for a straight DSLR shot is using both extenders on the FLT which is 770 mm focal length, i.e. 2150mm actual or very nearly 3.5 metres effective focal length. The half Moon just about fits in the frame, and with careful focusing is really crisp right across the field. Still get more detail with a webcam & Registax though.
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« Reply #10 on: July 28, 2008, 11:57:05 pm »

Great shot's guys
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« Reply #11 on: July 29, 2008, 08:51:00 am »

Fantastic lunar shot Brian! 
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