88% Waxing Gibbous Moon July 29, 2012

We all enjoy a good deep space object, imaging gaseous regions responsible for the birth of stars within our galaxy; we also love imaging galaxies that host millions┬ábillions of stars which could also host planets that in turn could host Earth like planets, and you can’t forget about the beautiful explosions of a star forming a planetary nebula. Unfortunately imaging all those objects becomes quite difficult with the bright moon. So what does an astronomer do when the moon becomes too bright and washes out the dim little fuzzies within, or outside of our galaxy? Well it’s simple really, we image our closest and brightest object, the Moon, or planets if they are visible from your viewing location.

88% Waxing Gibbous Moon. 07-29-12

I have found a great joy in capturing the moon and bringing out the detail of the craters along the terminator, and even along the brightly lit surface. This image is of the 88% Waxing Gibbous Moon on the night of July 29, 2012 as it was near the meridian from my front yard. I managed to get 50 images, 48 of the best images were used to stack and create the image above.

Equipment: Omni XLT 150 on a CG-4 tripod with RA and DEC motor, Canon 350D, and t-ring and adapter for prime focus imaging.

The Moon at Daylight

We haven’t had much clear skies here in the Adirondacks lately. Been mostly clouds and rain since the beginning of April. Any of my Adirondack readers will shudder in repugnance just thinking about this past month. I’ve posted a few times since the beginning of April but those have been our only clear nights. It’s made updating about my viewing sessions a little scarce but I’m doing what I can. Trying to focus mainly on the viewing in this area to try to grow a local fan base for astronomers in this mountainous region of New York. We’ve been through some flooding, which is finally receding back into Lake Champlain, and high winds which haven’t helped the flooded areas dry up.

This past week we’ve had some clear skies but not much clarity as far as the transparency and seeing go (remember to hover over the words with the dotted lines for a quick explanation on what I’m talking about). Although I did get out in daytime to try and capture some images of the moon as it was visible from my back deck.

The moon, I never tire of it. Every time it’s clear and the moon is out I have to put my sights on it and see it magnified and examine the craters the best I can. I don’t magnify it too much because it makes it harder to focus on it. It was quite the site in the daytime. Weird seeing the white moon with a blue background. I also got one nice shot of it at about 74% Waxing Gibbous which is one of my favorite times to view it. Get some nice shadows being cast by the craters making them stand out quite a bit more. Hope you enjoy these couple of shots of the daylight moon, and the night moon.

First shot of the moon in daylight.
Second shot of the moon in daylight, zoomed in a bit on my camera to magnify it.I love this shot, it reminds me of looking out of a port hole of a space ship as the moon comes up over the Earth’s horizon
74% Waxing Gibbous which is around my favorite time to look at the moon and it’s craters. When it’s full it’s too bright to get any good detail without good filters.

All pictures edited by @EyeDelights