Category Archives: Moon

The Super Blood Wolf Moon Lunar Eclipse

2 sec @ ISO 200, Canon T3, Televue TV-85 at F/5.6
5 sec @ ISO 100, Canon T3, Televue TV-85 at F/5.6

The lunar eclipse of Jan 20, 2019.   Top image is just after totality had set in.  It is enhanced to show more background stars and brighten the moon a bit, sort of like you would see it in binoculars or a telescope.

The second image is just after mid-eclipse and is enhanced to show more background stars, but not brighten the moon too much.  This was more how the eclipse looked to the naked eye.

Below is the whole eclipse saved as a 79-frame animated GIF image:

Complete Lunar Eclipse – Animated GIF

I had a hard time getting the images aligned on this one.  I tried manually doing it in PS, but it is tedious and easy to make mistakes.  Finally, I had to write a script in IRIS and told it to combine separate RGB files into color images that had been processed through IRIS’s planetary alignment tool.   I also tried to make a video file that would upload to hosts on the web.   Unfortunately, it always changed the colors to be too bright and yucky with the conversion from AVI to MP3/MP4 or WMV formats, so I gave up on that.

Two Moons and 1 Comet

The Moon on Jan 12, 2019. Afocal eyepiece projection, 25mm eyepiece to Samsung Perx (5Mb,) on a 6 inch, F/8 Newtonian.

I finally tried my phone with the afocal camera holder and the dob I use from time to time.   Yes, it works.  But, the image quality is definitely poor compared to my DSLR’s.

A couple of nights later, I setup the TV-85 refractor/Canon T3 combo and took some shots.   One was of the moon before the sun had set.   Here it is in two versions – as taken and converted to look like a nighttime shot:

The Moon on Jan 14, 2019. 1/400 sec @ ISO 100, IDAS-LPS, Canon T3, Televue TV-85 at F/5.6.
The Moon on Jan 14, 2019. 1/400 sec @ ISO 100, IDAS-LPS, Canon T3, Televue TV-85 at F/5.6. Nighttime simulation.

I was setting up for some deep sky and the moon made a convenient test target.  Later that night, I shot some images of Comet 64P.   Unfortunately, I was cut off by clouds after only 10 sub-images.   I was going to just throw this out, but I managed to make an image out of the paltry amount of data, so it is not a complete loss.

Check it out:

Comet 64P on Jan 14, 2019, 01:12 UT. 10×180 sec @ ISO 400, IDAS-LPS, Canon T3, Televue TV-85 at F/5.6.

Thin Crescent Moon – Nov 3, 2018

2 panel mosaic of the Moon, taken at dawn on Nov 3, 2018. RD Sony IMX224, TV-85 at F/5.6.

A beautiful moon at dawn and I just couldn’t resist grabbing some images of it.   I had to piece this mosaic together, since the Rising Tech Sony IMX224 cam does not have a wide enough field of view to get the whole thing in one shot.

Plato and the Alpine Valley, Feb 26, 2018

Plato and the Alpine Valley, Feb 26, 2018. RT Sony IMX224, 6 inch, F/8 with Televue 2x Barlow (F/16.). Best 25 out of 100 frames.

For this imaging session of the Moon, I wanted to try shooting at 2400 mm focal length using a 2x Barlow with my 6 inch, F/8 Newtonian scope and Sony IMX224 eyepiece cam.  This was done in preparation to get some shots of Jupiter I’ve been meaning to do.   Conditions for this session were marginal, at best, however.

I had clouds galore and seeing was very poor.   I only managed three captures before the clouds came in force and shut me down.   At least I got a chance to try the rig on something easy before I attempt capturing Jupiter with it.

I left the mount setup outside and took in the scope and laptop, thinking that I could get Jupiter when I woke up the following morning.   Unfortunately, the skies were no better than the night before and although I could see Jupiter, clouds were coming and going over it.   So, no luck with getting Jupiter, just yet.    Maybe next time…