Oct 2nd, 2020 – Mars and Moon Conjunction

Moonrise!
The Moon and Mars on Oct 2, 2020. TV-85 at F/5.6, QHY183c at -15C, L-eNhance Filter.

A beautiful evening for the Moon and Mars conjunction on October 2, 2020.  Condition were so good that I was able to capture the moon rising behind a tree.   Usually the muck is so thick at that altitude that I would not be able to get a good image, but this night it was extremely transparent.

The moonrise shot was a single frame.  I had to do a composite for the still image of the Moon and Mars together.   10 frames were stacked in AutoStakkert of just the moon and 2 Mars frames were combined for the disk of Mars.

The MP4 video file is the first time I have tried including one in a astrophoto post.  It is small enough in size to download in a reasonable amount of time.  Video editing software I used was rudimentary and I really couldn’t get the background color corrected very well.   I’ll have to find something that can do that job for future projects like this.

The Butterfly Nebula

The Butterfly Nebula on Oct 2, 2020. 247×15 sec, Gain 37, Offset 200, QHY183c at -15C, L-eNhance filter, Televue TV-85 at F/5.6.

For a night with a full moon, this came out pretty good.  Good transparency helped.  Minimal processing with only color balance and saturation/hue adjustment tricks were used.

M16 – The Eagle Nebula

M16 – The Eagle Nebula on Oct 2, 2020. 40 minutes in 160×15 sec sub-images, TV-85 at F5.6, L-eNhance filter, QHY183c at -15C, Gain 37, Offset 200.
M16 – The Eagle Nebula on Oct 2, 2020. 40 minutes in 160×15 sec sub-images, TV-85 at F5.6, L-eNhance filter, QHY183c at -15C, Gain 37, Offset 200. Cropped.

I shot this while waiting for the Moon and Mars to get higher in the sky on Friday, Oct 2nd, 2020.   After shooting some moonrise shots, I turned the scope to this and got 40 minutes of sub-images before it went behind a tree.

It was also the first time I imaged using a generator for power and a battery backup unit to keep the scope running if I ran out of gas and had to refill the tank.  I got a great deal on the generator that I could not pass up.   It will work better in the field with my current imaging setup than the battery system I had before.