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Friday, December 5th, 2008
 I finally found a night when I felt like doing some astronomy, and it was clear...or reasonably so anyway.   Since the quarter moon was well-placed, I decided to get a few video clips.   As it turned out, the seeing wasn't good enough to get any ultra close-ups, but the images below could be worse.
 
I would like to get some clips of Saturn, but either it's been cloudy, foggy, or raining....or I have been too lazy to get up before dawn.......or a combination of the two.
 
* Celestron NexStar 4se (1300mm focal length), alt-az mount, un-barlowed ToUcam Pro II.       Each image processed quickly in Registax 4.....from approx 1100 frames, and tweaked in Paint Shop Pro Photo IV.
 
 
 


Image Gallery For This Session
Archimedes  Apennine Mts labeled Archimedes  Appennine Mts
Deslandres  Straight wall moon 12 5 08 d3
   

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Comments:
On 12/11/08 at 12:09pm Barry wrote:
Thanks, Jeff. "The Straight Wall" or more correctly, "Rupes Recta", is an interesting feature....
it shows up very clearly at low Sun angles. It appears as a dark line when the Sun comes from the right, and a light line when the Sun comes from the left. Called an escarpment, it is about 64 miles (110 kilometers) long.

I have seen the X, but haven't been able to photograph it. Yes I think it is fleeting....the terminator has to be in exactly in the right place. It is composed of ridges that stick up into the sunlight when low areas are still in darkness.

I would have liked to shoot through a 2 or 3x barlow, but 'seeing' conditions have to be near perfect for me to get a clear image with my little 4" scope.

On 12/10/08 at 07:40pm Jeff wrote:
I love your shots of the moon. That one with the wall feature is really neat, I didnt know about that feature. Have you ever tried to get an image of the X . Its apparently only visable for a few hours. Anyway, good stuff.

Clear skies

Jeff.



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