Observing Session–October 24, 2017

The night before was clear but I forgot to take out the ETX to cool before getting back from walking the dogs.  But tonight I took it out during dinner.  I connected the Canon after dinner and looked for Saturn.  It was in the southwest and was almost behind the tree.  I moved the tripod and took some images.  I struggled trying to remember the settings on the Canon and accidently erased the memory card.  Opps!! 

But, I did get images of Saturn and the Moon.  I looked at the images on the computer and Saturn was blurry but the moon wasn’t that bad.

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Full image located at https://clearskytonight.com/wiki/October_24,_2017

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Solar Eclipse from Atmosphere

Interesting article and video about seeing the eclipse from the atmosphere on Bad Astronomy blog.

http://www.syfy.com/syfywire/high-school-kids-get-video-of-the-eclipse…-from-32000-meters-above-the-earth

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Harvest Moon

I took a picture of the harvest moon with the Canon T3i using the 200mm lens and tripod.  For image info is available at https://clearskytonight.com/wiki/Oct_5,_2017.

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Moon on September 23, 2017

I was trying some sunset time lapse photos and notice the crescent moon so took some images.  The details are on the Articles wiki.

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Total Solar Eclipse Videos

I was able to take two videos with the Lunt LS50THA using the ZWO AS103MC.  I compressed them both down to 15 seconds.

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SharpCap settings for ZWO AS103MC and Lunt LS50THA

In preparing for the solar eclipse, I experimented with different SharpCap settings.  I settled on these settings:

  • Exposure – 1 ms
  • Gain – 45
  • Gamma – 25
  • Brightness – 0

Those settings resulted in the image below.  I also added the full listing of settings after taking the image.

ClearSkyTonight_SharpCap_Settings

[ZWO ASI034MC]
Pan=0
Tilt=0
Output Format=AVI files (*.avi)
Binning=1
Capture Area=728×512
Colour Space=RGB24
Discard Split Frames=Off
Turbo USB=80
Flip=None
Frame Rate Limit=Maximum
Gain=45
Exposure=0.002
Timestamp Frames=Off
White Bal (B)=78
White Bal (R)=1
Brightness=0
Gamma=25
Auto Exp Max Gain=50
Auto Exp Max Exp=30
Auto Exp Max Brightness=100
Mono Bin=Off
Apply Flat=None
Subtract Dark=None
Display Brightness=1
Display Contrast=1
Display Gamma=1
TimeStamp=2017-08-21T16:26:22.1779171Z

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