55% Moon in Daylight July 05, 2014

During the daylight hours I was attempting to get images of the moon since I had the scope still setup and aligned from the night before. My backyard is absolutely filled with trees and my view to the south is about 1%, and that’s between leaves. I was able to get a quick snap of the moon as I watched with my eye up against the cameras eyepiece, snapping pictures as the wind would move the branches of the trees. I took at least 30 shots in the course of an hour, but only one was clear enough to use.

55% Moon from July 05, 2014

Some of the craters along the terminator are Plato, Montes Caucasus, Aristillus, Montes Alpes, Ptolemaeus, Arzachel, Purbach, Tycho, Maginus, and Clavius.

92% Waning Gibbous Moon Terminator

I got out with my little Logitech C250 webcam and my 3x barlow to capture 19 videos of the moon along it’s terminator. I brought the videos into Registax to stack, and then into Microsoft ICE to stitch them together in the panorama below. I was unable to get all of the terminator, but this is pretty close to all of it.

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Terminator of 92% Waning Gibbous Moon

Terminator of 92% Waning Gibbous Moon

35% Waxing Crescent Moon

On St. Patricks Day I went out with the scope during daylight hours, about an hour before sunset, and got some images of the moon to stack. I love the way the moon looks with a blue background, which seems to make the moon pop out a bit more. It’s definitely less blinding to look at during the day than it is at night.

35% Waxing Gibbous 03-17-13

This stack is 120 images stacked in AutoStakkert2!, with sharpening done in Registax using Wavelets, then finally brought into Photoshop for some final touches.

The three craters in this video are Thophilus, Cyrillus, and Catharina. Using my Logitech C250 Webcam and my 3x barlow lens, which I’m guessing get’s me roughly in the 350-375x magnification range, pushing the limits of my scope. One thing I noticed while doing this in the daylight is that I really need to clean the mirrors in my telescope. Look at all that dirt, and dog hair!

Equipment:
Omni XLT 150 with CG-4 mount
Canon 350D
T-ring and adapter
Intervalometer
Polar Scope for alignment

Full Moon – Wolf Moon 01-26-13

January 26, 2013 was the first full moon of the year. Due to old Native American tribes that heard hungry wolf packs howling outside of villages this moon is often referred to as the Full Wolf Moon. Sometimes the January moon is also called the Old Moon, or the Moon After Yule.

We had some very clear skies for the full moon this month, so I decided to take it upon myself to gather some images of it with the telescope. No deep sky observing since the Full Moon washes them out and makes it awfully hard to do long exposures.

Full Wolf Moon

Moon – Full Wolf Moon – 01-26-13

This is a total of 100 images stacked in Registax and edited in Photoshop. I did some saturation bumping to this image to bring out a bit of the color on the moon.

Equipment:
Omni XLT 150 with CG-4 mount
Canon 350D
T-ring and adapter
Intervalometer
Polar Scope for alignment