Category Archives: Moon Phase

The Lunar X – September 27, 2017

Here is a view of the famous Lunar X spot which appears at the First Quarter phase of the moon. It is caused by reflection effects of the sun on several topographic features of the moon.

Tech Specs: Meade 12″ LX90 telescope, Canon 6D, best 50% of 1500 frames. Date: September 27, 2017. Location: The Dark Side Observatory, Weatherly, PA.


Waxing Gibbous Moon – August 30, 2017

Here is a view of last evening’s waxing gibbous moon. This is a composite image of the north and south regions spliced together using Microsoft Image Composite Editor (a.k.a. Microsoft ICE).

Tech Specs: Meade 12” LX90, Canon 6D, Backyard EOS, each region was the best 50% of 1500 frames captured, processed in AutoStakkert! V3.0.14 (x64). Image Date: August 30, 2017. Location: The Dark Side Observatory.


Moon, Aldebaran, Capella and Venus – August 16, 2017

I captured this foggy view this morning, August 16, 2017, while driving through Hickory Run State Park here in Pennsylvania. Venus is low on the horizon, Aldebaran just to the upper right of the moon and Capella in the upper left.

Tech Specs: Canon 6D, Canon EF17-40mm f/4L USM, tripod, ISO 800, 1 second exposure at f/4 and 17mm.


Waxing Gibbous Moon – July 31, 2017

Here is a view of last nights waxing gibbous moon, 63% illuminated, from Weatherly, Pennsylvania.

Tech Specs: Canon 6D, Meade 12” LX90 telescope, Backyard EOS for video capture, best 500 frames of 2000 frames captured using AutoStakkert! V3.0.14 (x64), final post processing in Corel Paintshop Pro. Location: Weatherly, Pennsylvania. Date: July 31, 2017.


Venus, Moon, Hyades and Pleiades in the Morning

Here is another view of the morning conjunction of Venus and the crescent moon from July 20, 2017, this view includes a wider angle shot showing the Hyades and Pleiades clusters in the constellation Taurus.

Tech Specs: Canon 6D, Canon EF70-200mm f/2.8L USM lens, tripod mounted, 8 seconds, 70mm, ISO 3200. Location: Weatherly, Pennsylvania. Date: July 20, 2017.


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