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#1 RobDob

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Posted 20 January 2013 - 03:11 AM

A spectacular clear night tonight! Along with some great lunar viewing, easily peasily saw the Trapezium E&F stars, and split the pup! My cooled down Z12 performed at it's best.

Tonight's lunar highlights were the crater Maginus with a nice ray of sunlight beaming onto the crater floor, and the Montes Apenninus casting some nice shadows. Afocal pics using my Nikon S6300 point and shoot through a 28mm Edmund RKE eyepiece.

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Posted 20 January 2013 - 03:14 AM

Montes Apenninus

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Posted 20 January 2013 - 08:25 AM

Great shots Rob... :bow: :bow: :bow:

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Posted 20 January 2013 - 09:49 AM

Nice clear shots!!....beautiful job RobDob!!!! :waytogo:

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Posted 20 January 2013 - 05:02 PM

Thanks Guys!

In the span of a few hours last night, I captured over 200+ images in waves of viewing. I'm still going over all of the images, but I caught the Maginus Ray sequence in the following mosaic:

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Posted 20 January 2013 - 06:16 PM

Nice Ray Rob!

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Posted 20 January 2013 - 06:27 PM

Thanks Kutno!

Found a decent shot of Mons Piton and the Alps throwing down some crisp shadows.

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Posted 20 January 2013 - 06:56 PM

With all of the amazing objects to view, I overlooked a nice little shadow-show going on over at Rupes Recta. Rupes Recta is actually a gradual slope of <10 degrees, the shadows suggest a steep cliff.

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Posted 20 January 2013 - 08:42 PM

Can't resist a tilt-shifted Alps :).

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Posted 21 January 2013 - 12:38 AM

Wow. A fantastic series!!

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Posted 21 January 2013 - 05:55 AM

Beautiful shots!

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Posted 21 January 2013 - 11:58 AM

Very nice !! :)

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Posted 21 January 2013 - 05:59 PM

Thanks for posting your excellent images, Rob.

There's more on the Maginus Lunar Sunrise Ray at http://www.lunar-occ...ays/maginus.htm and
http://www.lunar-occ...ys/maginusr.htm

Predicted occurrence times can be found at http://www.lunar-occ...ys/maginusp.htm

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Posted 21 January 2013 - 07:54 PM

Thank you all for the kind words :o.

Dave, great links! Upon observing the Maginus Ray, I had no idea what crater it was until consulting Lunar Map HD on my tablet. I ran into your observing report after googling the Maginus Ray (just to make sure I wasn't making it up). Your report helped verify what I was seeing - Thanks!

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Posted 21 January 2013 - 08:34 PM

Rob I shot some vids of the Clavius and Plato regions last night in some lousy 20 knot gusts - no tracking and a horribly bouncing image but some wasn't bad.

My favs ate your Maginus shadow progression as well with the straight wall.

Terrific work !!!!

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Posted 21 January 2013 - 10:31 PM

And then Archimedes and the Highlands, I picked up in lighting where you left off it would seem.

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Posted 21 January 2013 - 11:40 PM

Nice pics Pete!

Looks like you busted through the turbulent seeing and caught some good detail!

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Posted 21 January 2013 - 11:45 PM

Had it not been so windy it would've been ok actually. Your progression series of light and shadow have me thinking up some animation type things - time lapse. Same thing you could do with your cam. Shoot a pic or ten every ten minutes for a couple hours - string them together and have a time lapse animation of rays and shadows. Something to think about I guess. I like your approach.

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Posted 27 January 2013 - 03:26 AM

Weeell, Pete - It's a tedious approach. My hard drive is filling up with a zillion moon pics.

But, the good thing is having an archive of images to fall back on, which does come in handy for shadow sequences and general coverage of the better moon features.

Eventually, hope to have the whole nearside moon covered in terminator-shadowed-semi-decent resolution pics.

Hope you don't mind, couldn't resist tilt shifting your highlands pic :).

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Posted 27 January 2013 - 09:07 AM

Lol no that was fine. The tilt shift is an interesting concept.

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Posted 27 January 2013 - 05:47 PM

Rob, I love the maginus ray sequence too! Pretty cool results for afocal shots!

congrats

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