Observing the Moon
The Moons seems such an obvious object but there is much to be observed, with just your mark 1 eyeball try observing the different phases, the order they occur and the time of day best to observe them. Look for the highlands and seas and see if you can spot the wobble of the moon (libration).
However if you have a telescope try observing the Lunar 100, or imaging the Moon’s features.
Neutral Density (ND) filters to remove the glare
Fringe Killer to remove any colour cast from refractor telescopes.
IR Pass filter to improve the seeing.
Two super images of the Moon taken by member George Buckberry on the 7th July 2022 whilst at the pavilion on a society informal night. George acquired the images using a Canon 550D ISO 800 1/60s with T-mount and 2xBarlow on Isaac. Isaac being one of the societies Dobsonian telescopes built by members Steve Floodgate & Dave Grist.
A lovely composite image (8 frames) of the Moon taken last night 9th July 2022 by member Neil Webster: Waxing Gibbous, 75%, 9.88 days old.
Neil wrote ‘Not the easiest shoot as it was low down and the heat created a lot of atmospheric turbulence.’
Check out Neil’s Flickr page at https://www.flickr.com/photos/137388222@N05/
Several members took the opportunity to photograph the waxing crescent Moon on the evening of 2nd June 2022 – The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Day and some stunning shots were acquired.
Neil Webster’s Jubilee Moon
A composite of three images shot at about 9.20pm before it disappeared behind trees/buildings. It was still very light and the setting Sun was nearby.
Martin Crow’s Jubilee Moon & Beacon
Taken from Burnham On Crouch, Essex.
John Archer’s Jubilee Moon
Jim Burchell’s Jubilee Moon with Earthshine
Diane Clarke’s Jubilee Moon with Earthshine
A great capture of a very young Moon at 33.5 hours old on the 31st May 2022. Photo taken by member John Howarth from North Kent.
A superb composite image of 8 frames showing a Waxing Gibbous Moon (79%) taken on the 10th June 2022 by member Neil Webster. Acquired using a ZWO ASI 290MM + R/IR filter.
This fantastic image of the Moon was taken by Jim Burchell back in September 2021. Jim used his Samsung A10 mobile phone attached to one of the society Dobsonian Telescopes called Isaac at F1.9, 1/50 sec and ISO50.
These two superb images of the Moon were captured by member Neil Webster on the 5th & 7th May 2022.
Neil acquired the images using and Altair Astro 115mm triplet APO, EQ6 R mount, ZWO ASI290MM camera plus Astronomik R/IR filter.
Each image consists of 3 frames stitched: each 90s x 33fps….20% selected, aligned, stacked in AutoStakkert3 and processed in PS.
The Moon – 5th May 2022 – Waxing Crescent 19% and 4.23 days old.
The Moon – Moon 7th May – Waxing Crescent 36% and 6.02 days old.
A lovely image of the Moon taken by Simon Dawes on the 8th May 2022 from Bexleyheath, Kent.
Details of how Simon acquired the image are on the photo.
Congratulations to member Diane Clarke for one of her images being selected for ‘Picture of the Week’ by the BAA (British Astronomical Association).
The image that was chosen is called ‘Eclipsed Moon Rising’ and is a composite of 14 images taken between 8.17 – 8.26pm of the full Moon as it was rising above a distant horizon – see below. There was a band of cloud that drifted across as Diane waited and as the Moon started to rise the cloud bank obscured parts of the moon as it climbed into the sky.
Click the following link to be taken to the BAA Picture of the Week page of their website where you will find more detail about Diane’s image. https://britastro.org/observations/observation.php?id=20220415_141246_3339ce105b39a7a8
On the night before Easter, the sky will look a little more “pink” due to the full Moon.
This is because the 1st full moon of the spring season is known as the Pink Moon and the name derives from a pink flower called phlox subulata that blooms in spring in North America.
While the moon itself won’t actually be pink, you might notice a slight change in its colour, depending on what time you viewed it on the 16th April 2022.
Members Jim Burchell, Diane Clarke and John Howarth all captured the full Moon last night on the 16th April 2022 as it rose, which appeared as a glorious ‘pink’ colour due to taking the photos whilst the Sun was still setting.
All photos were taken from locations in North Kent.
Below is the Pink Moon rising by Jim Burchell
Photo below is by Diane Clarke
Photo below is by John Howarth
For more information about the Pink Moon, click on the link and you will be taken to a new site https://www.timeanddate.com/astronomy/moon/pink.html
Neil has been busy and produced these two beautiful images of the Moon.
The image below was taken on the 8th April 2022 from Kent.
The image below was taken on the 13th April 2022 from Kent.
For a more detailed view of these images and more photos of the Moon see Neil’s flickr page at https://www.flickr.com/photos/137388222@N05
A spectacular image of the Moon by Neil Webster; taken on the 7th March 2022.
Waxing Crescent Moon, 23%, 4.72 days
4 frames stitched (each 44fps x 75, 20% stacked in AutoStakkert) and then processed in PS.
Below is 1 image taken from the above stitch of 4.
For a more detailed view of these images see Neil’s flickr page at https://www.flickr.com/photos/137388222@N05
Latest super image by Simon Dawes of a 22 day old Moon taken on the 23rd Feb 2022 in Bexleyheath.
Lunar Halo Competition
As the name suggests, take an image of a Lunar Halo.
Whilst the points awarding is somewhat ambiguous I’ll be looking for the following…
- Technically a good image (in focus)
- Well composed
- Other points of interest (foreground or background)
- A good story – if you have a story of how you took the image it can’t hurt!
- You can only enter if you are a paid up member (any tier of membership)
- Entries must be to firstname.lastname@example.org – feel free to post them on what’s app as well!
Images By Diane Clarke
Images by Leigh Slomer
Images by Jim Burchell
All images are copyright. Permission must be sought to from the image owner to the use of any of these images.