Spring stuff – March 18, 2019

Posted in Uncategorized on March 19, 2019 by maxpho

A few shot on a hot Spring day (26 Celsius)…

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Moon craters – March 15, 2019

Posted in ASTRO on March 16, 2019 by maxpho

This must have been my shortest lunar imaging session ever. Almost 25 minutes, until the very fast forming clouds rolled in. No time for proper cool off for the mirror, and the seeing was quite poor also. Nothing notable in these images in terms of resolution, but the striking bright limb of Copernicus on the terminator deserves a post.

Equipment: 355mm Newton, ASI 174MM, Red filter. Seeing 5-6/10.

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A moon, a cluster and three nebulae – March 10, 2019

Posted in ASTRO on March 13, 2019 by maxpho

An imaging session with two celestial objects. The first one: the Moon.

Hanging at around 30 degrees above the horizon, in a very turbulent atmosphere. Nevertheless, a lovely view through the scope at any magnification. Equipment: 115mm F/7 APO, 2.7X Barlow lens, ASI174MM with red filter. Seeing 3-4/10.

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The second imaged object from this session, the open cluster Messier 46. Along this cluster, a few other objects are present in the image: a couple planetary nebulae, and one protoplanetary nebula. Equipment: 115mm F/7 APO, ASI1600MMC. 105x15sec exposures.

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And a detail image with the three identified nebulae (at 150% size):

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Spring, Spring, Spring!

Posted in Comana on March 1, 2019 by maxpho

It is official: Spring is here 🙂

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Perigee Moon – February 19, 2019

Posted in ASTRO on February 20, 2019 by maxpho

A wonderful Moon at perigee. Big, bright, and steady; that is, in good seeing conditions.

Equipment: 200mm Newtonian, Baader MPCC, ASI1600MMC, Baader RGB filters, Baader IR-pass filter for luminance.

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And a smaller version:

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A short walk in the woods – February 18, 2019

Posted in Plimbari on February 18, 2019 by maxpho

A short trip on a beautiful Spring day in the Comana Woods. Went together with my uncle to see what’s up in the insect world, and I wasn’t disappointed.

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Corythucha arcuata:

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Vanessa atalanta:

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Gonepteryx rhamni:

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An emerged wingless moth from a pupae found in the woods:

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High resolution lunar images – February 17, 2019

Posted in ASTRO on February 18, 2019 by maxpho

An annoying session, with highly variable seeing conditions. I did try to get the best of the images, but I think I’m loosing my touch (I haven’t imaged the Moon in high res for some time…).

Equipment: 355mm F/4.5 Newtonian. ASI174MM, red filter.

Aristarchus

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Sirsalis

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Wargentin:

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Schiller:

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From Gassendi to Sirsalis:

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Aristarchus crater in Red, Red vs Green comparison, and LRGB data:

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Marius domes and Reiner Gamma:

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