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mark8888
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4:06 am moon... Mons Pico view, WOW!!
      #5221297 - 05/14/12 02:45 AM Attachment (358 downloads)

Incredible binoviewed view of the moon this morning through 13T6 eyepieces. Mons Pico, the isolated little mountain directly below the crater Plato at the top, was gorgeous. I was amazed to read that it's only 2.4 km high... but what a shadow it casts! And Pico Beta, directly below it, is just 1.9 km high. I haven't really spent time studying these little guys before, but they are awesome, standing there alone, so small but extremely prominent and visible. I'll be looking for them every month.

Here's the original version of the picture (afocal, point and shoot camera handheld at the lens of a binoviewer):

afocal MOON


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Re: 4:06 am moon... Mons Pico view, WOW!! new [Re: mark8888]
      #5221502 - 05/14/12 09:13 AM

So I wasn't the only Lunie out there on Dawn Patrol yesterday?

Beautiful image, and just the way I remember it.


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Re: 4:06 am moon... Mons Pico view, WOW!! new [Re: desertstars]
      #5221646 - 05/14/12 10:50 AM Attachment (140 downloads)

Quote:

So I wasn't the only Lunie out there on Dawn Patrol yesterday?

Beautiful image, and just the way I remember it.




Hahaha yeah, you weren't the only one...it was truly a beautiful, awe-inspiring view, wasn't it? Yeah I was going to bring in the scope and attempt to sleep, but I hadn't looked at the sky for an hour or so, and when I saw how clear it got I couldn't resist... gotta love the 3-5am moon!

I was looking at the photos I took this morning and I found another one that also provides some "morning memories", so I'll post it here. Again, handheld point and shoot camera at the lens of a binoviewer. Great view!!

Larger size:

morning moon


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Re: 4:06 am moon... Mons Pico view, WOW!! new [Re: mark8888]
      #5222720 - 05/14/12 08:43 PM

The Laplace Prominence is also worth a look.

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Re: 4:06 am moon... Mons Pico view, WOW!! new [Re: edosaurusrex]
      #5223384 - 05/15/12 11:40 AM

Thanks, I'll definitely check it out next time I can. I can tell it'll look great when the light is right. I wish there were no clouds and less work...

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Re: 4:06 am moon... Mons Pico view, WOW!! new [Re: edosaurusrex]
      #5223826 - 05/15/12 04:11 PM

Quote:

The Laplace Prominence is also worth a look.




The Promontoria LaPlace and Heraclides were beautiful studies in contrast, this morning. LaPlace was facing into the sunset, gleaming bright with the terminator nearly at its back. Heraclides was casting a blunt triangle as the sun set behind it. Worth a look, indeed!


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Re: 4:06 am moon... Mons Pico view, WOW!! new [Re: desertstars]
      #5225440 - 05/16/12 04:24 PM

Great observing and set of images.

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Re: 4:06 am moon... Mons Pico view, WOW!! new [Re: Rutilus]
      #5229805 - 05/19/12 02:59 PM

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Great observing and set of images.




Thank you very much.

Can't wait for the next moon. It seems that there's a virtually endless amount of new detail to explore on the moon.


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Re: 4:06 am moon... Mons Pico view, WOW!! new [Re: mark8888]
      #5229941 - 05/19/12 04:24 PM

It never looks quite the same, lunation to lunation. That keeps me coming back.

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Re: 4:06 am moon... Mons Pico view, WOW!! new [Re: desertstars]
      #5234740 - 05/22/12 08:02 PM

I saw it the same night up to midnight here. I came back to it to gaze many times during the evening. The shadow showed the shape of the peaks so clearly. It made for a great evening.

Thanks for sharing your pictures.

Now I want to see it with the shadow the other way during the waning part of the cycle.

Edited by Perigny270 (05/22/12 11:54 PM)


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Re: 4:06 am moon... Mons Pico view, WOW!! new [Re: Perigny270]
      #5235580 - 05/23/12 11:38 AM

Quote:

I saw it the same night up to midnight here. I came back to it to gaze many times during the evening. The shadow showed the shape of the peaks so clearly. It made for a great evening.

Thanks for sharing your pictures.

Now I want to see it with the shadow the other way during the waning part of the cycle.




That's awesome, thank you very much for mentioning that. Yeah the shadow was especially dramatic. Fun to know that others were watching the same thing!! I can't wait to see it again.

There is something about Mons Pico just standing there all alone, really kind of isolated compared to all the other visible mountains... actually very tiny, yet looking so tall and prominent...


Quote:

It never looks quite the same, lunation to lunation. That keeps me coming back.




It's interesting... when I first got my present scope a few months ago, at first I was stunned by the amount of detail I could see on the moon. WOW. Then, after 3-4 months of viewing, like many others, I started to see the moon as a cool object but basically a source of light pollution and less interesting than the planets. HOWEVER, with the experience of several months of trying to eke out detail on planets, with the more experienced astronomer's eye, if you will, the moon is really incredible. So much detail to explore. There's absolutely nothing boring or polluting about it, it's gorgeous and offers much, much more detail than any other space object. I'm definitely a lifetime member of the lunie bin.


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Re: 4:06 am moon... Mons Pico view, WOW!! new [Re: mark8888]
      #5236204 - 05/23/12 06:27 PM

And we're very glad you could join us!

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Re: 4:06 am moon... Mons Pico view, WOW!! new [Re: desertstars]
      #5244767 - 05/28/12 10:10 PM

It's 9 PM - The sky is full of high clouds and Venus is completely obscured. But wait, not all is lost. The moon is right in that nice phase to see Mons Pico again. Have another look ! Mons Piton is coming up too.

And away to the south is a nice black crater with its central peak lit right up. I think it is Moretus. Not a long evening, but some really nice views. And now I leave the mosquitos to starve...


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Re: 4:06 am moon... Mons Pico view, WOW!! new [Re: Perigny270]
      #5245122 - 05/29/12 06:05 AM

BAH, I would love to see it, but it's been cloudy and rainy for days. Also, I usually do my observing to the SE due to the layout of the observing area, so I usually don't catch this phase of the moon except during daylight hours... which right now I'd gladly take!! But alas, no Pico for me. Great tip though. I'll have to wait. I'm sure lonely little Pico enjoyed your company... not to mention Piton, and Moretus.

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Re: 4:06 am moon... Mons Pico view, WOW!! new [Re: mark8888]
      #5245937 - 05/29/12 04:27 PM

I got a good look at it last night. Even better was watching the floor of Plato going from black to being flooded with light! David

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Re: 4:06 am moon... Mons Pico view, WOW!! new [Re: dscarpa]
      #5269079 - 06/13/12 06:17 AM

5:30 AM
Just before sunrise (here and there): our friend is back again.
A bright peak in the middle of darkness. Sun just touching Tenerife too. Worth getting up early.Now to get ready for work...
Did anyone else see it this morning?
First look at the moon with my new refractor. Lots more fun to come.


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Re: 4:06 am moon... Mons Pico view, WOW!! new [Re: Perigny270]
      #5269377 - 06/13/12 11:24 AM

Lucky! Thanks very much for the Pico update. Here in Japan it's the rainy season and there's just a wall of cloud in the sky. I just have to wait it out, several more weeks to go probably. Anyway it's great to know that little Pico is still there!!

Congrats on your new refractor, that's awesome. Gotta love exploring the surface of the moon with a refractor, what an experience.


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Re: 4:06 am moon... Mons Pico view, WOW!! new [Re: mark8888]
      #5290868 - 06/26/12 11:00 PM

Mons Piton was just right tonight with its shadow all the way to the terminator. Plato and Mons Pico still in the dark. They will be there tomorrow. I will miss Plato brightening up this time around - The earth is in the way...
This place is real fun to watch. I caught it in early twilight before the clouds and skeeters moved in. A friend who is staying here tonight was impressed (by the moon, not the skeeters!).


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Re: 4:06 am moon... Mons Pico view, WOW!! new [Re: Perigny270]
      #5291708 - 06/27/12 02:43 PM

Quote:

Mons Piton was just right tonight with its shadow all the way to the terminator. Plato and Mons Pico still in the dark. They will be there tomorrow. I will miss Plato brightening up this time around - The earth is in the way...
This place is real fun to watch. I caught it in early twilight before the clouds and skeeters moved in. A friend who is staying here tonight was impressed (by the moon, not the skeeters!).




Great report. You're lucky. Rainy season continues here... a few hours ago when the moon was still up, it was totally hazy. You could see a pathetic 1 star in the sky. BAH

If you see Pico please tell him I said "what's up"


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Re: 4:06 am moon... Mons Pico view, WOW!! new [Re: mark8888]
      #5340009 - 07/28/12 12:50 PM

Predictions for Pico Sunrise and Sunset
Dates and times in UT

Times put the theoretical terminator at the center of the feature.

Sunrises
AUG 25 1131
SEP 23 2300
OCT 23 1038
NOV 21 2244
DEC 21 1131

Sunsets
AUG 10 1214
SEP 08 2353
OCT 08 1309
NOV 07 0356
DEC 06 1943

Edited by edosaurusrex (07/28/12 09:45 PM)


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Re: 4:06 am moon... Mons Pico view, WOW!! new [Re: edosaurusrex]
      #5341696 - 07/29/12 01:44 PM Attachment (82 downloads)

Out last night trying to get a picture of the Rupes Recta feature and decided to do a set of shots of the entire lit up section and I think that same mountain caught my eye. If I got it right this is tha same mountain with the lighting on the opposite side. If I got the wrong one I am sorry, it just seemed to be sticking up like a finger and I couldn't resist.

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Re: 4:06 am moon... Mons Pico view, WOW!! new [Re: edosaurusrex]
      #5344738 - 07/31/12 06:53 AM

Quote:

Predictions for Pico Sunrise and Sunset
Dates and times in UT

Times put the theoretical terminator at the center of the feature.

Sunrises
AUG 25 1131
SEP 23 2300
OCT 23 1038
NOV 21 2244
DEC 21 1131

Sunsets
AUG 10 1214
SEP 08 2353
OCT 08 1309
NOV 07 0356
DEC 06 1943




Wow that is cool, thanks for this. Pico deserves its own predictions chart.

Really nice photo oldstargazer..................


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Re: 4:06 am moon... Mons Pico view, WOW!! new [Re: mark8888]
      #5352326 - 08/04/12 09:42 PM

Thanks for the neat table. if the weather is bad, we get a couple of days to see them well lit up. I watch out for them whenever I can.

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Re: 4:06 am moon... Mons Pico view, WOW!! new [Re: Perigny270]
      #5360655 - 08/09/12 08:36 PM

I'm gonna get up a little early for work and try to catch Pico>

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Re: 4:06 am moon... Mons Pico view, WOW!! new [Re: edosaurusrex]
      #5362228 - 08/10/12 06:53 PM

All clouds this morning.
Next time...


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Re: 4:06 am moon... Mons Pico view, WOW!! new [Re: Perigny270]
      #5363031 - 08/11/12 09:18 AM Attachment (59 downloads)

If I did this right then this is Pico in my cpc1100 using neximage5 and focal reducer. First light for my new imager.

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Re: 4:06 am moon... Mons Pico view, WOW!! new [Re: oldstargazer]
      #5363232 - 08/11/12 11:47 AM

Quote:

If I did this right then this is Pico in my cpc1100 using neximage5 and focal reducer. First light for my new imager.




That's an awesome picture! Sure looks like the Pico to me.


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Re: 4:06 am moon... Mons Pico view, WOW!! new [Re: mark8888]
      #5363247 - 08/11/12 12:02 PM

Thanks Mark, I just got the new neximage 5 and man it sure does zoom in. I had to use it with the focal reducer on my cpc1100 to get that shot. From what I saw this morning which is the first light for it this is going to be a fun imager. Ordered it from astronomics last sunday and got it tuesday, that is what I call fast service.

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Re: 4:06 am moon... Mons Pico view, WOW!! new [Re: oldstargazer]
      #5372232 - 08/16/12 10:02 PM

Thanks for sharing a great shot. I can only see clouds right now, but your pic keeps my hopes up.

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Re: 4:06 am moon... Mons Pico view, WOW!! new [Re: Perigny270]
      #5373949 - 08/17/12 10:25 PM

I feel your pain, haven't had any luck with the weather since I got that last pic. Hope you get some clear skys soon. We are supposed to get some bad weather tomorrow so maybe that will clear things up finally instead of just this mess hanging around making it so you can't see through the sky.

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Re: 4:06 am moon... Mons Pico view, WOW!! new [Re: oldstargazer]
      #5383713 - 08/23/12 11:05 PM

Pico at sunrise on the 25th at 1131UT. Gonna try it again.

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Re: 4:06 am moon... Mons Pico view, WOW!! new [Re: edosaurusrex]
      #5387599 - 08/26/12 09:25 AM

Herr Star Gazer,

Last night 8/25 at about 9:00p.m., moon phase 67% I too saw
the 'finger'. Also along the terminator, mountain peaks are illumintated so as to appear as floating lights.

A blue/yellow filter combination gives the most pleasing view. Any one else use color filters whilst observing Luna?

Edited by Kraus (08/26/12 10:16 AM)


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Re: 4:06 am moon... Mons Pico view, WOW!! new [Re: mark8888]
      #5388638 - 08/26/12 08:09 PM Attachment (42 downloads)

Ok can I add one too.
ORION 120ST
Fuji FinePix S 1000fd
f3.3 1/70 second
ISO200
Stacked in Photoshop


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Re: 4:06 am moon... Mons Pico view, WOW!! new [Re: Red Brick]
      #5390277 - 08/27/12 07:13 PM

I use a neutral density filter sometimes when it is over half. Hadn't really thought about using other colors. I might give that a shot next time and see how that looks. Sounds like you got some had some great sites Kraus.

Looks like I can see it up there Red Brick, good job.


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Re: 4:06 am moon... Mons Pico view, WOW!! new [Re: oldstargazer]
      #5390569 - 08/27/12 10:51 PM

Our friend is back. The last few nights were wiped out by travelling. tonight I had to dodge clouds and trees to look at the Apollo 11 landing area, Mons pico and Mons Piton (nice little shadow behind each one) and then to a beautiful chain of 3 peaks with pointy shadows near Kepler. More WOW! The moon is always good, and more so right now with the passing of Neil Armstrong.

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Re: 4:06 am moon... Mons Pico view, WOW!! new [Re: Perigny270]
      #5391129 - 08/28/12 10:02 AM


Herr Star Gazer,

I use an ND 25 as well. That darned moon at gibbous phase sure can be blinding. I wish my clear skies would coincide with S&T's monthly moon libration articles. A glimpse of one or two would be neat-o!


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Re: 4:06 am moon... Mons Pico view, WOW!! new [Re: Kraus]
      #5395568 - 08/30/12 08:25 PM

I have used yellow or orange filters with what I consider to be good results. It doesn't hurt to experiment with whatever you have & see how you like it.

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Re: 4:06 am moon... Mons Pico view, WOW!! new [Re: coopman]
      #5437605 - 09/24/12 08:10 AM

Thanks to Edosaurus for the sunrise & sunset table. I was ready on Saturday but the clouds were not. But last night it cleared and our friends were brillianly lit up. Seeing was not that good, but I watched for a while through the boiling atmosphere.
I am at the cottage - the 8" Dob is there for good now...


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Re: 4:06 am moon... Mons Pico view, WOW!! new [Re: Perigny270]
      #5437745 - 09/24/12 09:46 AM Attachment (27 downloads)

moon picture 9-23-12, always so much fun!

Tom


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Re: 4:06 am moon... Mons Pico view, WOW!! new [Re: Perigny270]
      #5438645 - 09/24/12 07:22 PM

Thanks Eric!

When posting tables I wonder if anybody even uses them.

Ed


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Re: 4:06 am moon... Mons Pico view, WOW!! new [Re: thomas68]
      #5438647 - 09/24/12 07:23 PM

Hi Tom,

When was that picture taken? I want check my prediction vs reality.

Ed


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Re: 4:06 am moon... Mons Pico view, WOW!! new [Re: edosaurusrex]
      #5438903 - 09/24/12 10:45 PM

I think about 8pm central time 9-23-12

Tom


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Re: 4:06 am moon... Mons Pico view, WOW!! new [Re: edosaurusrex]
      #5438954 - 09/24/12 11:11 PM

I do until I see UT time then I dont bother. Most of the time its a simple matter but I have missed two events by a full day for not calculating right. Why someone cant use whatever time zone they have and stuck with it is beyond me.
Eitherway, a small calculation is needed if its out of whomevers time timezone. I kno the stricter reasons why UT is used but for the most part it does nothing for me.

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Re: 4:06 am moon... Mons Pico view, WOW!! new [Re: azure1961p]
      #5460319 - 10/08/12 10:07 AM

I wanted to see the sunset in Plato as well as the fully lit Mons Pico so I got out this morning to have a look (12 hrs before EdosaurusRex's Pico sunset time). The terminator was right at the base of the mountain. An hour later there was no longer any shadow as the plain east of it was dark. And Mons Pico was spectacular as it was lit up brightly.
This was really fun as transpareny was horrible with 30-second clear patches between clouds with high haze. It did clear as the morning progressed. I managed 150X nonetheless.
Bonus was Harpalus west of there. It was lit up brilliantly.
As for Plato, I missed the sunset on the crater floor. I'll have to get up a little earlier on the next round, or watch for it a little later on the next sunrise.
The moon always has something for us even when conditions are not great.


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Re: 4:06 am moon... Mons Pico view, WOW!! new [Re: Perigny270]
      #5461349 - 10/08/12 10:08 PM

WOW! at 1/2 degree per hour that's a 6 degree error on my part. Better recheck my Pico position.

Ed


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Re: 4:06 am moon... Mons Pico view, WOW!! new [Re: edosaurusrex]
      #5462706 - 10/09/12 07:13 PM

Let us know what you found. I really appreciate having that little table.

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Re: 4:06 am moon... Mons Pico view, WOW!! new [Re: Perigny270]
      #5462793 - 10/09/12 08:05 PM

I rechecked the position in the program and it's sitting at N45.7 and W8.9 (under Plato). The 12hrs off is curious because I use the same program for the Werner X predictions and I'm within minutes of other X-Men's calculations.

1309UT is 0909EDT (my assumption so please let me know when and where your obsevation took place). so 12 hrs sooner is 2109 the previous day 07 OCT. If however you observed at 0109EDT that's 0509UT or 8hrs (4 degrees) sooner than predicted - still too late but it can't be easily explained by something like the 0.5 day term for converting from the Julian Date to the calendar date. Hmmmmm.


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Re: 4:06 am moon... Mons Pico view, WOW!! new [Re: edosaurusrex]
      #5462917 - 10/09/12 09:39 PM

I had looked up your table and made a date for the morning of the 8th. I was looking out from 7h00 to 8h30 EDT. The terminator was moving up Mons Pico during that time so your calculation was very close. I must have just missed the sunset in Plato.
As for the 12 hour delay I misread the table and used the time for Sept 8. Stupid me. No wonder I wasn't early... So I apologize for the unnecessary running around. A lesson for me to refer to the absolute time in correspondence rather than relative (eg 12 hrs early).
BTW I am observing from Temiscaming in NW Quebec 46oN 79oW.
Thanks for everything. It really was something to see the terminator move across such a visible landmark - worth every minute of peeking through the clouds!
I'll be watching for the next sunrise. Clear skies to you.

Edited by Perigny270 (10/10/12 07:06 AM)


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Re: 4:06 am moon... Mons Pico view, WOW!! new [Re: Perigny270]
      #5462939 - 10/09/12 10:00 PM

Thanks Eric. I guess that means I have to stop drinking (opened up a bottle o' Crown when I couldn't reconcile my failure). I'll post the dates for 2013 in November so we'll be guaranteed to have at least 25 cloudy days.

Ed

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Re: 4:06 am moon... Mons Pico view, WOW!! new [Re: edosaurusrex]
      #5464091 - 10/10/12 04:17 PM

Here's a fuzzy iPhone shot of the evil looking peaks and Plato too from Monday 1 a.m.



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Re: 4:06 am moon... Mons Pico view, WOW!! new [Re: waso29]
      #5464236 - 10/10/12 06:31 PM

It may be fuzzy, but you can see the peaks as well as the shadow creeping across Plato. 6 hours later Plato was dark. Neat how quickly it all changes. Thanks for the pic.

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      #5531255 - 11/20/12 11:01 PM

After weeks of clouds and haze, tonight broke out clear. Mons Pico is on tap for tomorrow, but tonight Mons Piton is the star - WOW! It is still well beyond the terminator but the peak is up in the sunlight. A glowing semi-circle with sparkles. I just gazed at it and watched the terminator creep towards its base. Lots of action nearby - Mons Blanc and Prom. Deville made a nice chain not far away. The shadows of Montes Caucasus and the rim of Cassini were going down. The east side of Cassini was all wrinkly with a coulpe of rills not far away. Hyginus was an interesting feature I had not really noticed before - the light was just right.
As the evening progressed seeing got better and better. All the way to 6.7mm barlowed 2X with my ED102 (210X). (2X4.7 was no good).
Thank goodness for my observing chair. A nice evening truly gazing comfortably.
I took a few peeks at Jupiter, M42, Rigel and a couple of double stars near the Pleiades while waiting for the moon to turn towards the sun some more. What a joyful night.

This happens to be the first anniversary since I got my first telescope (8SE). That instrument was parked because the early evening was cloudy; looking at stars was out of the question so it was left inside. I took out the 102 because the clouds cleared away while I walked the dog - the moon beckoned me and I was done...
I am thankful for all the advice from my forum friends that have allowed me to take advantage of such beautiful sights. I hope that some of you read this.

Maybe a good report about Mons Pico and Plato tomorrow: I have Edosaurus's schedule in hand.


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Re: 4:06 am moon... Mons Pico view, WOW!! new [Re: Perigny270]
      #5533036 - 11/21/12 10:14 PM

Fog and clouds. No Mons Pico tonight.
Am I glad I got out yesterday.


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      #5541506 - 11/27/12 04:14 AM

Quote:

That instrument was parked because the early evening was cloudy; looking at stars was out of the question so it was left inside. I took out the 102 because the clouds cleared away while I walked the dog - the moon beckoned me and I was done...
I am thankful for all the advice from my forum friends that have allowed me to take advantage of such beautiful sights. I hope that some of you read this.





Read it and enjoyed it!
Thanks for the Piton report. I will have to see Hyginus, I don't think I've looked for it before. Right now though I am "between scopes", so all I can do is read the reports here and imagine. Which is a lot better than nothing!
Ya the Pico/Piton area is really special, and strange. I miss it...


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      #5551226 - 12/02/12 10:58 PM

Mark,

Great photo, great report. You mentioned the eyepieces you used, the binoviewer, and how you took the picture. But I don't see the most important aspect of the observation and I'm surprised no one else asked about it:

What telescope did you use?


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Re: 4:06 am moon... Mons Pico view, WOW!! new [Re: Sarkikos]
      #5551440 - 12/03/12 02:55 AM

Thanks! It was........ (drumroll...)

a TEC 140.


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Re: 4:06 am moon... Mons Pico view, WOW!! new [Re: mark8888]
      #5551573 - 12/03/12 06:49 AM




Mike


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Re: 4:06 am moon... Mons Pico view, WOW!! new [Re: Sarkikos]
      #5553675 - 12/04/12 10:10 AM

I took a good long look at the moon tonight with my WO 22x70 binoculars... it's really something I should do more often. Mons Pico was looking prominent and bright - to be honest I wasn't expecting to be able to see it at all without more magnification. Pico Beta, very close to it, was also visible but less prominent, maybe half as bright. Montes Teneriffe, also nearby (in the photo at the top of the thread, Mons Pico is directly below Plato, Pico Beta is directly below Mons Pico, and Montes Teneriffe is to the left of Mons Pico) was at approx. the same brightness as Pico Beta, but a bit more prominent because it covers a wider area. Really, the whole scene looked pretty much like the photo at the top of the thread, at approx. that scale, but without the long Pico shadow due to the timing. And not quite as crisp, the TEC sure is a better optic than the WO, though the WO is definitely enjoyable.

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      #5553716 - 12/04/12 10:37 AM

Sinus Iridum is one of my favorite lunar landscapes, too. But I don't get out much in the early AM for Moon viewing. Maybe I'll do that more often when I retire.

My favorite grab-n-go Moon scope is a 90mm Mak. Lately, though, I've been experiencing focus slip when the temps get around freezing.

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Re: 4:06 am moon... Mons Pico view, WOW!! new [Re: Sarkikos]
      #5555022 - 12/05/12 02:55 AM

Yeah, it's really a great area of the moon. It's so open, and so whatever features are there seem especially prominent, even little ones.

Retirement sounds good to me.


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Re: 4:06 am moon... Mons Pico view, WOW!! new [Re: mark8888]
      #5884342 - 05/25/13 04:55 PM

Just happened to be searching for ole Pico and came across this. Anyone have Pico sunrise/set times for the rest of 2013?

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      #5904529 - 06/05/13 06:43 PM

Check out post #5523499

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