Observing Session–July 25, 2018

It has been clear nights all this week so setup the Meade Lightbridge since Jupiter and Saturn are up at sunset and Mars would rise around 10:30 PM.  Forgot to check the moon but it was also already up.  I also decided to let the kids stay up late since so many targets to view.

Collimation went very easy.   It was still hot out have a 89 degree days.  Also for the first time noticed mosquitoes. 

The moon was too bright in the Lightbridge.  It left a shadow image in my eye.

Jupiter was similar to previous viewing sessions this summer.  The moons had moved to two on each side.

Saturn was awesome.  It was a little blurry but think I made out a ring division.  But, overall it was just wow and my best view of Saturn so far.

I waited a hour for Mars to rise above the trees on the horizon.  It was very big but still fuzzy.  I wasn’t sure if the dust storm on Mars so that it was just too low to the horizon.

Great session overall.

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Moon and Venus-March 20, 2018

I took a picture of the Moon and Venus low in the western sky on March 18, 2018.  The Moon and Venus are further apart.  A better image is located at https://clearskytonight.com/wiki/March_18,_2018.


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Moon and Venus-March 18, 2018

I took a picture of the Moon and Venus low in the western sky on March 18, 2018.  A better image is located at https://clearskytonight.com/wiki/March_18,_2018


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Super Blue Moon

The clouds cleared and I was able to use the Meade ETX 90EC with the Canon to get some images of the moon.  Unfortunately, the clouds came back and I missed the lunar eclipse in the morning.

The full image is available at https://clearskytonight.com/wiki/Jan_30,_2018.



Wolf Moon on January 1, 2018

I took a picture of the Wolf Moon.  More information on the image can be found on our wiki. 



Observing Session-October 30, 2017

The night was looking clear so started the telescope cool down in the garage.  I had also read about the controls on the camera and found the feature to zoom in on the Live View to help with focusing.  So tried that and a much better session.  However, I am not sure if a dark or light exposure of the moon looks better aesthetically.


Full image located at https://clearskytonight.com/wiki/October_30,_2017