Category Archives: Moon

The Moon and M13

The Moon on Jun 17, 2021.
M13 Globular Cluster. 20×180 sec, Gain 11, Offset 10, QHY183c at -10C, L-eNhance filter, AT60ED at F/4.8. Full field.
M13 Globular Cluster. 20×180 sec, Gain 11, Offset 10, QHY183c at -10C, L-eNhance filter, AT60ED at F/4.8.  Close-crop.

A quick outing before the weather got bad as a tropical storm hits from the Gulf.   I wanted to test the new T-adapter fittings I got for the AT60ED to attach the camera instead of using the 1.25″ eyepiece adapter, like I had to do for the first light images.

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.