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#1 Centaur

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Posted 06 February 2013 - 11:16 PM

It’s nearly time for my monthly New Moon spotting challenge, which becomes relatively easy for observers north of the tropics as we move toward the vernal equinox. A few North Americans may be able to sight the less than one-day-old Moon on February 10th when it will appear as a Lunar Boat, i.e. a U-shaped Moon. Some observers may set personal records.

My more detailed article describing the waxing crescent Moon’s first appearance of the coming lunar month appears under the links for my preview graphics at www.CurtRenz.com/moon

Photos and descriptions of the young Moon would be welcome additions to this thread. Please include your location, date, time and time zone.

Here is link to a photo that I took from Arlington Heights, Illinois of a Lunar Boat aged 1.35 days on 2009 MAR 27 at 19:53 CDT: www.curtrenz.com/NM090327.jpg

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Posted 10 February 2013 - 05:59 PM

There'll be no young Moon spotting in my neck of the woods this evening. It was clear last night, of course.

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Posted 10 February 2013 - 06:46 PM

I was able to spot the 15.5 hour old crescent at 5:50 PM EST from Enfield CT. with 10x60 binoculars today 2-10-13. There was some haze along the horizon which the moon disappeared into at about 5:57 PM. I snapped a picture with my i-phone. Not sure if that curved patch of light is the moon but it is in the correct location relative to horizon and clouds. It is just below that thin strip of clouds.
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Posted 10 February 2013 - 10:31 PM

After several days of weather the sky produced clearing enough for Mercury and Mars to easily spot this evening, but the Moon had slipped below the mountains west of me by the time it was dark enough to be seen.

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Posted 11 February 2013 - 12:24 AM

Congratulations on your binocular sighting of such a young Moon, Barry. I suspect that is the Moon in your photo. Perhaps tomorrow you'll be able to meet the naked-eye challenge.

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Posted 11 February 2013 - 03:54 AM

Not likely to catch the moon tonight due to cloud cover.
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Posted 11 February 2013 - 06:25 PM

Just spotted the New Moon at 5 PM CST. I located it with binoculars, then got positive visual. Without finding it in binoculars first, there is no way I would have found that little sliver visually. Clouds closer to the western horizon were covering the Sun, making for much less glare. There is no doubt this a record for me.

I am seeing a discrepancy between SkySafari and VMS. SkySafari gives the age at 1.8 days, while VMS indicates 1.4 days.

Just got another visual at 5:25 PM CST. Very cool!

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Posted 11 February 2013 - 06:39 PM

Just spotted the New Moon at 5 PM CST. I located it with binoculars, then got positive visual. Without finding it in binoculars first, there is no way I would have found that little sliver visually. Clouds closer to the western horizon were covering the Sun, making for much less glare. There is no doubt this a record for me.

I am seeing a discrepancy between SkySafari and VMS. SkySafari gives the age at 1.8 days, while VMS indicates 1.4 days.

Just got another visual at 5:25 PM CST. Very cool!


Thanks for your report, Brandon. The age of the Moon is traditionally measured from its geocentric longitudinal conjunction with the Sun. That last occurred on February 10 at 01:20 CST. So on February 11 at 17:00 CST the Moon was 1.65 days old. That means your two sources are almost equally inaccurate.

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 07:28 PM

been cloudy during sunset here so no chance of seeing the moon :(

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 08:30 PM

spoke too soon, actually the scale on the software as to the moon location was way off so i thought i missed it but when I look higher up to a semi clear patch their it was :)

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 08:31 PM

25mm

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 08:31 PM

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 10:03 PM

It was cloudy here on Sunday and Monday nights but the crescent Moon was easily visible this evening. While I was taking a walk, I photographed the Belt of Venus and the Earth's shadow and, on the way back to my house, I took a few shots of the young Moon.

Later, I went to the ASH Naylor Observatory. As it was setting, I observed and photographed Mercury afocally through a 17" f/15 classical Cassegrain. A bit later I took some afocal shots of the setting Moon through the 5" f/5 finder scope.

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 07:22 AM

NeilMac,
Nice photos from southern Alberta! I used to call it home :)

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 07:59 AM

All,
A group of us spotted the Moon from Crowell, TX at 1845 local time. Stunning to see such a thin crescent. It's not something you would stumble upon if you weren't looking for it.

The planet Mercury was a BIG help as a guide post. Knowing it was 9 degrees away and at roughly 45 degrees down and to the right helped keep the search pattern tight.

The spotting was a personal best for all of us in the group.

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 01:36 PM

Here's one of the photos of the young crescent Moon (the lunar boat) that I took as I was walking homewards yesterday evening.

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 01:38 PM

This is one of the afocal shots that I took from the French Dome at the Naylor Observatory through the 5" f/5 finder scope. The Moon was close to setting at the time. The chromatic aberration produced by the fast achromatic refractor is evident in the photo.

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