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Morning Crescent Moon – May 23, 2017

I captured this view of the thin morning crescent moon on the way to work this morning, making a quick stop in Hickory Run State Park, Pennsylvania. The morning colors were just peeking, Venus was higher up but behind the clouds.

Tech Specs: Canon 6D and Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM lens, 1/125 second exposure at ISO 800, f/4 and 160mm. Location: Hickory Run State Park, Pennsylvania. Photographed on May 23, 2017 at 05:25 AM local time.

…Tom

Crater Piccolomini – April 2, 2017

The crater Piccolomini photographed on April 2, 2017 – The crater is named after 16th century Italian Archbishop and astronomer Alessandro Piccolomini. It is 88 kilometers in diameter and 4,500 meters deep. The main peak rises to a height of 2.0 kilometers above the surrounding floor.

Tech Specs: ZWO ASI290MC camera and Meade 12” LX90 telescope mounted on a Celestron CGEM-DX mount. Software used included Sharpcap v2.9 and AutoStakkert! Alpha Version 2.3.0.21. 10k frames, stacked the best 500. Photographed on April 2, 2017 from Weatherly, Pennsylvania.


Online Information:
Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Piccolomini_(crater))

…Tom

Lunar Halo on April 5, 2017

I decided to give the sky one  last look before packing it in for the night, I really wanted to get the scope out last night for some lunar photography. I’m still trying to learn how to use the ASI290MC camera. The clouds were rapidly moving in from the southwest from an approaching warm front, but I did manage to catch this lunar halo before packing it in.

Tech Specs: Canon 6D, Samyang 14mm f/2.8, tripod mounted. Single exposure at ISO 1600 for 5 seconds. Imaged from Weatherly, Pennsylvania on April 5, 2017.

…Tom

Theophilus and Cyrillus Craters – April 2, 2017

Theophilus and Cyrillus Craters photograph on April 2, 2017 – transparency remained pretty good, but seeing was on the horrible side with resulting in a very wavy image.

Tech Specs: ZWO ASI290MC camera and Meade 12” LX90 telescope mounted on a Celestron CGEM-DX mount. Software used included Sharpcap v2.9 and AutoStakkert! Alpha Version 2.3.0.21. 10k frames, stacked the best 2k. Photographed on April 2, 2017 from Weatherly, Pennsylvania.Online

Information:

Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theophilus_(crater))

Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cyrillus_(crater))

…Tom

A Crescent Moon and Mercury in the West

Last night offered a nice view of the conjunction of the young crescent moon and the planet Mercury in the western skies of the Northern Latitudes.  Mars was also visible, although higher above the moon. You can see some stars of the constellation Cetus just to the right of the moon. The ½ second exposure was just enough to bring out the Earthshine on the moon.

Tech Specs: Canon 6D, Canon EF70-200mm f/2.8L USM lens, tripod mounted. ½ second exposure at ISO 640, f/2.8, 140mm. Imaging was done on March 29, 2017 from Weatherly, Pennsylvania.

Here is an updated version after I had the time to make some adjustments.

…Tom

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