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#1 TheWatcher

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Posted 14 May 2022 - 10:37 AM

Eclipses are a bit anticlimactic. Some social diversion or alternate targets can break up the event and allow you to refocus periodically and notice changes. What occultations or otherwise washed out targets will be on your observing plan tomorrow?

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Posted 14 May 2022 - 01:58 PM

Eclipses are a bit anticlimactic. Some social diversion or alternate targets can break up the event and allow you to refocus periodically and notice changes. What occultations or otherwise washed out targets will be on your observing plan tomorrow?

I enjoy watching a total lunar eclipse, as they last for quite a while and don't require extensive travel or positioning in order to view.  Indeed, we are opening Hyde Memorial Observatory in Lincoln, Nebraska for the public to view the event.  Lunar eclipses are pretty and relaxing, so while I might point one of our Hyde Observatory scopes to another bright target like a star cluster or double star during the eclipse temporarily, for the most part, we will just leave them pointed at the moon.  Clear skies to you.

 

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Posted 14 May 2022 - 02:17 PM

Eclipses are a bit anticlimactic.

Lunar eclipses are stunningly beautiful. I wish they were more common. I can spend the entire time watching a lunar eclipse at low magnification, as the Moon glides through the star field. Especially if it's a rich one. 

 

 

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Posted 14 May 2022 - 03:55 PM

No observing plan. I'll set up the 8" for the neighborhood kids to look at the moon. It will be a top shelf margarita night!


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Posted 15 May 2022 - 08:44 AM

Lunar eclipses are stunningly beautiful. I wish they were more common. I can spend the entire time watching a lunar eclipse at low magnification, as the Moon glides through the star field. Especially if it's a rich one.


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Yes, they are pretty during totality! However, I find it much easier to note progress if you are not gazing unblinkingly at the moon from first penumbral contact to last.

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Posted 15 May 2022 - 08:56 AM

 I find it much easier to note progress if you are not gazing unblinkingly at the moon from first penumbral contact to last.

That's because your eyes are drying out. You'll have to remember blinking now and then. 

 

 

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Posted 15 May 2022 - 10:23 AM

The moon looks other-worldly during an eclipse. I like to image I'm a space traveler looking at an alien planet. No telescope needed.



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Posted 15 May 2022 - 02:09 PM

This will be my first time to observe a Lunar eclipse with my newest scope, the ES 6" Mak-Newt F/4.8, and my newest eyepiece, the Astro-Tech 28mm UWA 82*, with a power of 26x and a 3.2* FOV, it should look awesome!

 

I'll be checking out some of my favorite carbon stars during the eclipse, like T Lyrae, SS Virginis, Y CVn, and V Corona Borealis,

 

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Posted 15 May 2022 - 03:23 PM

I think I'll be fine with the moon, its immediate surroundings, listening for possible reactions from coyotes (other wildlife?), noting how the landscape illumination changes through the various phases of the eclipse, etc.

 

My only plan is to enjoy the eclipse.  Some sketching?  Maybe so.  Maybe not.  Whatever I feel like doing or not doing. smile.gif


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Posted 25 May 2022 - 07:21 PM

I've seen quite a few lunar eclipses over the years.  This time I made a plan to check out an occultation of the brighter double  star (S 672) HD 138268, see if globular cluster NGC 5897 in Libra was visible, sketch one of the galaxies close to the moon, and see how the faintest stars compare to what's visible without the moon.  NGC 5897 was indeed visible but faint.  I almost missed the disappearance of HD 138268 but did get to see it wink out.  I managed to get a sketch in of galaxy NGC 5878 in Libra during totality.  Faintest stars visible were almost as faint as what's visible on a moonless night.  There was still enough time during totality to watch stars disappear and reappear.  But the best thing of all was that the eclipse wasn't hampered by clouds the entire time here.  That's extremely rare.  Hope you all had a wonderful eclipse experience.

 

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Posted 03 June 2022 - 02:06 AM

I have been known to image DSO's during a total lunar eclipse, I got bored with the moon  lol.gif




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