Moon Phase Project

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Day 10 waxing gibbous

 

Approx. Moon Rise / Meridian / Set: 1434 / 2034 / 0234
% Illuminated: 83%
Approx. Terminator: 32 to 45 W
Hightlighted Features: oceanus Procellarum; mare Frigoris, Imbrium, Insularum, Humorum; craters Philolaus, J.Herschel, Kepler, Gassendi, Mee, Schiller, Cassatus

Observations

Oct. 17, 2010, pm

  • 80% clear, 1/5 transparency, 2/5 seeing

  • ED80 & LX10 mounted on Orion Atlas EQ-G (hand paddle)

  • backyard, Ottawa, Canada

  • terminator ~ 34 W

The sky conditions were relatively poor, so I wasn't expecting too much.  At this point I hadn't started organising my moon images, so I didn't know that I already had images for this phase from Sept. 17th.  If I had known I probably would not have bothered setting up tonight.  The resulting images are clearly of a lower quality than from a month earlier.  I also had the exposure set a bit too low, resulting in dark images.

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ED80 + SLP - 176kb ED80 + SLP + 2x Barlow (mosaic of 7 frames) - 451kb LX10 + SLP (mosaic of 6 frames) - 818kb  

Jan. 14, 2011, pm

  • 100% clear, 4/5 transparency, 2/5 seeing

  • ED80 & LX10 mounted on Orion Atlas EQ-G (PC)

  • backyard, Ottawa, Canada

  • terminator ~ 36 W

The sky conditions were relatively poor initially, but they quickly cleared up.  This is the first night I tried wirelessly controlling my whole setup from in the house.  The wireless link was not dependable, perhaps due to the very low temperatures (-15degC).  I was quite happy with how well the ED80 did at 4X.  The Televue 4X Barlow seems to work very well.

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ED80 + M&S - 182kb ED80 + M&S + 2x Barlow (mosaic of 4 frames) - 474kb ED80 + M&S + 4x Barlow (mosaic of 17 frames) - 1.4Mb LX10 + M&S (mosaic of 16 frames) - 1.8Mb

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Last updated: 07-Nov-11

 

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