Those are all nice images from an 8 inch scope. It looks like you captured quite a lot of the rille that runs down the Alpine Valley.
Thanks James. I definitely try and capture the rille each and every time it is visible. That let's me know I got a fairly decent result.
Outstanding images .
Would that I could have that seeing.
Anyway, on a lighter note, a very old friend, same age, of mine just sent me his first astro shot of the moon. He bought my Star Adventurer. He's already excelling!
I'm delighted, but already worried about the hard questions coming my way.
Your lunar images here are ****ing awesome. In spite of a continental Europe high pressure singeing my bones with 28 degree heat today, as I sit in the garden contemplating throwing another deceased crustacean on the fossil-fueled mobile food cooker, the seeing ain't that great once it gets dark enough around 10pm. Make that 11pm in a few weeks time. Such are the trevails of living in the sub Arctic tundra.
Keep 'em coming!
Thanks for the very kind words Kevin.
With regard to the seeing, it wasn't particularly good. As noted above, I'd give it a Pickering of 3 at best. The PP moved around quite a bit during collimation and I had to make adjustments based upon intensities of light rather than being able to focus tightly and get the rotating and strobing effect Darryl talks about. That being said, I have attached a close up of a video of Theophilus to help give a better indication of what the seeing was like. That way we won't "bicker and argue about who killed who" (Monty Python reference ), I mean try and say how good or bad my seeing is relative to yours. Your latitude certainly doesn't help with the moon being 13 degrees lower in the sky (a real killer for seeing) and the sunset later. On the other hand, think about how wonderful it is during the winter with longer nights. Let's of course forget the Jetstream at that time of year and the likelihood of months of clouds for you!
Sadly, I feel like I have had to learn to deal with relatively bad seeing. It is pretty rare when the data is good enough for a simple deconvolution run and everything looks sharp and noise free. That happens a few times a year from what I can tell.
I love incinerated crustacean's! We don't have fresh versions of those where I live in the mid-continental US. I also have to look harder and pay more for good Irish Whiskey!
Edited by aeroman4907, 01 June 2020 - 12:55 PM.