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Posted 10 October 2019 - 11:37 PM

I helped out with a private observing session at the Astronomical Society of Harrisburg's Naylor Observatory on Thursday night.  A homeschool group of some 40 children and adults visited the observatory.  Before things got off to a start, I grabbed a binocular view of Venus low in the southwest.  I also took a few hand-held shots of the planet.

 

I manned the 17" f/15 classical Cassegrain in the French Dome and showed the visitors the 93%-illuminated waxing gibbous Moon, Saturn and Titan, NGC 457 (the Cluster of Many Names, my new nickname for the Owl Cluster), and M2. 

We also had the Culver Building with its 12.5" f/6.5 Cave Astoria Newtonian and the Weiser Building with its 14" f/10 Meade SCT open for the group.

After the visitors had gone, I trained the 17" classical Cassegrain on M11 and then Neptune for some of the ASH members who hadn't yet left.
 

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Posted 12 October 2019 - 12:17 PM

1) Deer are very plentiful in the Lewisberry area.  My wife and I saw two on the way to the observatory.

 

2) Visitors and ASH members spotting Venus

 

3) Venus just above the southwestern treeline

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Posted 12 October 2019 - 12:52 PM

1) The Culver (left) and Weiser (right) roll-off roof buildings

 

2) The ASH 12.5" Cave Astrola

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Posted 12 October 2019 - 12:59 PM

1) The rising gibbous Moon

 

2) and 3) Visitors observing with the 17" classical Cassegrain housed in the French Dome

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Posted 16 October 2019 - 12:05 AM

1) When I had the chance, I took a few hand-held afocal iPhone shots of the 12-day-old Moon.  The large crater Gassendi (diameter 110 kilometers) can be seen to right of the center of this photograph.  To the left of Gassendi (i.e., towards the terminator), lies Mersenius (diameter 84 kilometers).  The lunar "sea" below Gassendi is Mare Humorum.  The large walled plain Schickard (212 kilometers) can be seen at the bottom left of the photo on the terminator.

 

https://cseligman.co...ns/moonnear.htm

 

https://nasa3d.arc.n...gassendi-crater

 

2) Here's another photo with higher contrast that shows more of the Moon to the selenographic east (right) of Gassendi.

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