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Maria Crisium & Nectaris, Theophilus, Cyrillus, Catharina Infrared

2020-04-04T16:42:16+00:0029 March 2020|Moon, News|

Two daytime infrared imaging sets

Object IDMaria Crisium & Nectaris, Theophilus, Cyrillus, Catharina Infrared
Details2020-03-28/29
Daytime
Telescope250mm f4.8 OO Newtonian
CameraZWO ASI 290MC
ZWO Infrared filter
Exposure(s)30s AVI @47fps 1024×768
CaptureFireCapture
Processing10% frames stacked in Autostakkert
Final process in Photoshop

97.8% Moon – Copernicus, Kepler, Aristarchus and Sinus Iridium

2018-11-23T23:09:23+00:0023 November 2018|Moon, News|

Not much imaging recently because of terrible weather. This was the only chance and the seeing was incredibly bad after a rain storm. The Maria were undulating so much they looked like there really was water in them. Still got something though.

Object ID97.8% Moon, lunation 14.25 days
Copernicus, Kepler, Aristarchus and Sinus Iridium
Details2018-11-21 22:03 UT, seeing I/V
Drifting clouds
Telescope250mm f5 Newtonian
CameraZWO ASI290MC, UV/IR filter
Exposure(s)90s SER file, 30% frames
CaptureFireCapture
ProcessingAutoStakkert, Photoshop

Lunar Mosaic in infrared 11.06 days

2018-06-25T09:16:29+00:0025 June 2018|Moon, News|

That annoying moment when you realise you’ve missed a tiny bit from the mosaic. Always better to overlap the frames more for safety. I though I was!

Object IDLunar mosaic 7 frames
Details2018-06-24 21:07 – 21:16 UT
Low down and seeing II (I-V)
Telescope200mm f5 Newtonian
CameraZWO ASI290MC
ZWO Infrared pass filter
Exposure(s)7 x 60s AVIs, 20% stack
CaptureFireCapture
ProcessingAutoStakkert, Photoshop

Infrared Lunar mosaic

2018-06-19T12:00:11+00:0019 June 2018|Moon, News|

Put the 200P back on the mount to use with ZWO camera. Seems like a good combination – I’d forgotten what a nice telescope it is. I didn’t plan to do a full mosaic but didn’t realise just how close I was.

Object ID7 frame incomplete lunar mosaic
5.12 days 33.6% illumination
Details2018-06-18 20:24 – 20:41 UT
Poor seeing (over neighbour’s chimney smoke) and gusty conditions which shook the telescope occasionally.
Telescope200mm f5 Newtonian
CameraZWO ASI 290MC
ZWO infrared pass filter
Exposure(s)7 x 60s AVI @ 20fps
CaptureFireCapture
ProcessingAutoStakkert, Photoshop

Three Moon shots

2018-05-09T20:02:40+00:009 May 2018|Moon, News|

Various Moon shots over the past few months. With my equipment dismantled for the observatory rebuild, this all I can do for now. Still fun though.

Object IDMoon
Details3,26 days, 4.76 days, 8.35 days
TelescopeC80ED at f7.5
CameraCanon EOS 600D
Exposure(s)1/60s, 1/250s, 1/200s
CaptureIn camera
ProcessingProcess in Lightroom

Copernicus Infrared and X2

2017-10-01T10:53:43+00:0030 September 2017|Moon, News|

Skymax 180 7″ Maksutov-Cass at f15 and f30 (x2 barlow)
Imaging Source DBK 21AU618.as 4x60s AVI 60fps  for f30, 1x60s for f15
ZWO 850 IR pass filter
Captured with FireCapture
Processed in AutoStakkert, Photoshop CC and PIPP for f15
19:46 UT Seeing: I-II
10.59 days

Seeing was far too poor and altitude too low for high res imaging. Nothing achieved at f30.

99.7% Harvest Moon

2017-09-09T12:45:26+00:009 September 2017|Moon, News|

2017-09-05 20:29 UT
Seeing III
C80ED 80mm f7.5 1/200s ISO100
Canon 600D Processed in Lightroom

Love it or hate it there’s no denying the full moon is beautiful and always satisfying to image. The large impact craters such as Tycho and Copernicus stand out so well at this phase with the ejecta covering vast areas of the surface.

First Infrared moon test on Plato

2017-08-03T19:34:07+00:001 August 2017|Moon, News, Plato project|

First test using ZWO 850 IR pass filter on Plato and Alpine valley.
The question was: is the DBK sensitive at infrared wavelengths that the filter allows through and so can image during daylight hours?
YES!

Skymax 180 7″ Maksutov-Cass at f15
Imaging Source DBK 21AU618.as 4x60s AVI 60fps (not always achieved)
Captured with FireCapture
Processed in AutoStakkert, Photoshop CC, Lightroom
19:38 – 19:42 UT Seeing: III but low altitude
9.41 days

ZWO 850 filter transmission characteristics