Jump to content


Photo

Moon and Pleiades

  • Please log in to reply
17 replies to this topic

#1 CarlosEH

CarlosEH

    Fly Me to the Moon

  • *****
  • Posts: 7284
  • Joined: 19 Jan 2005
  • Loc: Pembroke Pines, Broward County, Florida

Posted 20 March 2010 - 11:09 PM

I was fortunate to have observed the close passage of the Waxing Crescent Moon ~5 days old) to the beautiful open cluster the Pleaides (M45) in Taurus on March 21, 2010 (00:30-02:30 U.T.) over my western horizon. I made a series of observation using my Oberwerk 11 x 56 mm binoculars. It was quite a sight to observe the Crescent Moon so close to the Pleiades. I watched the Moon float to the south of the cluster as it came as close as 3 arc-minutes to Merope (4.12m) at 01;30 U.T. I hope that others were able to view this event as well.

The first image below was made at 00:30 U.T. All digital images were produced in Pixelmator.

Carlos

Attached Files



#2 CarlosEH

CarlosEH

    Fly Me to the Moon

  • *****
  • Posts: 7284
  • Joined: 19 Jan 2005
  • Loc: Pembroke Pines, Broward County, Florida

Posted 20 March 2010 - 11:10 PM

My second observation made at 01:00 U.T.. It is getting closer to the Pleiades (M45).

Carlos

Attached Files



#3 CarlosEH

CarlosEH

    Fly Me to the Moon

  • *****
  • Posts: 7284
  • Joined: 19 Jan 2005
  • Loc: Pembroke Pines, Broward County, Florida

Posted 20 March 2010 - 11:11 PM

My third observation of the Moon and the Pleiades at their closest approach (3 arc-minutes from Merope) from my location on South Florida (USA) at 01:30 U.T.

Carlos

Attached Files



#4 CarlosEH

CarlosEH

    Fly Me to the Moon

  • *****
  • Posts: 7284
  • Joined: 19 Jan 2005
  • Loc: Pembroke Pines, Broward County, Florida

Posted 20 March 2010 - 11:13 PM

My fourth observation of the moon and the Pleiades at 02:00 U.T.

Carlos

Attached Files



#5 CarlosEH

CarlosEH

    Fly Me to the Moon

  • *****
  • Posts: 7284
  • Joined: 19 Jan 2005
  • Loc: Pembroke Pines, Broward County, Florida

Posted 20 March 2010 - 11:14 PM

My final observation of the close passage of the Crescent Moon and the Pleiades (M45) at 02:30 U.T.

Carlos

Attached Files



#6 frank5817

frank5817

    Cosmos

  • *****
  • Posts: 8535
  • Joined: 13 Jun 2006
  • Loc: Illinois

Posted 21 March 2010 - 12:33 AM

Carlos,

Not only are these 5 beautiful sketches but they play a great sequence.Wonderful work. :bow: :rainbow: :bow: :cool:

Frank :)

#7 S1mas

S1mas

    Mariner 2

  • -----
  • Posts: 267
  • Joined: 08 Dec 2009
  • Loc: Lithuania

Posted 21 March 2010 - 01:57 AM

WoW Carlos! Thank you.

#8 JayinUT

JayinUT

    I'm not Sleepy

  • *****
  • Posts: 3933
  • Joined: 19 Sep 2008
  • Loc: Utah

Posted 21 March 2010 - 04:49 AM

Carlos,

Just got in from my dark site. I saw this first thing this evening also and it was stunning. Your sketches nail it and save me from posting my later here! An excellent job as always.

#9 Kris.

Kris.

    Surveyor 1

  • *****
  • Posts: 1763
  • Joined: 16 Sep 2004
  • Loc: Belgium

Posted 21 March 2010 - 06:14 AM

very nicely done Carlos! must have been a beautiful sight!

#10 mathteacher

mathteacher

    Mercury-Atlas

  • *****
  • Posts: 2782
  • Joined: 13 May 2007
  • Loc: Oakland, CA

Posted 21 March 2010 - 09:51 AM

Well done, Sir. You have really mastered pixelmator

#11 Tommy5

Tommy5

    Mercury-Atlas

  • -----
  • Posts: 2814
  • Joined: 28 Mar 2004
  • Loc: Chicagoland

Posted 21 March 2010 - 10:10 AM

Wow! great realistic sketch of the moon and m-45, you nailed the bright/dim stars of m-45 perfectly, you are the master.

#12 CarlosEH

CarlosEH

    Fly Me to the Moon

  • *****
  • Posts: 7284
  • Joined: 19 Jan 2005
  • Loc: Pembroke Pines, Broward County, Florida

Posted 22 March 2010 - 12:57 AM

Thank you all for your very kind compliments on Moon and Pleiades series of observations. It was fantastic to see the Moon and the Pleiades in the same field and see the Moon moving across it. I am glad that others were able to view the event as well.

Carlos

#13 niteskystargazer

niteskystargazer

    Gemini

  • *****
  • Posts: 3175
  • Joined: 05 Oct 2009
  • Loc: 41-43'-28" N 87-42'-39" W

Posted 22 March 2010 - 11:23 AM

Carlos,

:waytogo:, nice sketch :).

:thanx:,

Tom

#14 CarlosEH

CarlosEH

    Fly Me to the Moon

  • *****
  • Posts: 7284
  • Joined: 19 Jan 2005
  • Loc: Pembroke Pines, Broward County, Florida

Posted 22 March 2010 - 01:51 PM

Tom,

Thank you for the compliment on my Moon and Pleiades conjunction series. I hope that you were able to view it as well.

Carlos

#15 Special Ed

Special Ed

    Fly Me to the Moon

  • *****
  • Posts: 7064
  • Joined: 18 May 2003
  • Loc: Greenbrier County, WV 38N, 80W

Posted 22 March 2010 - 02:30 PM

Carlos,

A truly awesome sequence of drawings. The way you've rendered the sunlit and earthlit portions of the Moon is striking. The Seven Sisters never looked better. What a sight! Thanks for bringing it down to Earth and sharing it with us. :cool:

#16 CarlosEH

CarlosEH

    Fly Me to the Moon

  • *****
  • Posts: 7284
  • Joined: 19 Jan 2005
  • Loc: Pembroke Pines, Broward County, Florida

Posted 23 March 2010 - 01:27 AM

Michael,

Thank you for the compliment on my Moon and Pleiades conjunction series. It was a striking sight to watch the Moon close to the seven sisters. Your Mars and Saturn observations were excellent as well. The best of luck in your own observations.

Carlos

#17 ladip63

ladip63

    Viking 1

  • -----
  • Posts: 813
  • Joined: 17 Oct 2007
  • Loc: the dark skies of Texas

Posted 23 March 2010 - 02:47 PM

WOW!! Great sketches Carlos. :D :bow:
Print them out a make a flip book and have a small movie. :D

Lynn

#18 CarlosEH

CarlosEH

    Fly Me to the Moon

  • *****
  • Posts: 7284
  • Joined: 19 Jan 2005
  • Loc: Pembroke Pines, Broward County, Florida

Posted 23 March 2010 - 02:56 PM

Lynn,

Thank you for the compliment on Moon and Pleiades series. It would be interesting to make the observations into a short movie. I will look into it. The best of luck in your own observations.

Carlos






Cloudy Nights LLC
Cloudy Nights Sponsor: Astronomics