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A lunar Sentinel

Posted in asteroid impacts, astronomy, astrophotography, Luna, Lunar Craters, Moon, Photo, photography, Solar, Space, weather on August 11, 2014 by Andrew

After seeing all the beautiful images of Sundays (Super moon),and getting some shots myself. I started thinking to myself (as I was sitting in my observatory listening to some Crosby Stills and Nash),about how the Full moon reminded me of a giant Sentinel in the sky. Watching over us as we gazed back.
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Sinus Iridum and the Neximage 5

Posted in asteroid impacts, astronomy, astrophotography, Luna, Lunar Craters, Moon, Photo, photography, Solar, Space, Technorati, Uncategorized on April 25, 2013 by Andrew

Here is a image of the moon from earlier in the week. It shows what is called the Sinus Iridum which is located on the lower left of the moon. The darker crater just North of Sinus iridum is called “Plato”. Most of the large craters seen in this image can easily be seen with binoculars. Plato is quite large at 61 miles across!.
This is without question the most detailed shot of the Sinus Iridum I have ever taken!!. 😀
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First full moon of Spring

Posted in asteroid impacts, astronomy, astrophotography, Luna, Lunar Craters, Moon, Photo, photography, Solar, Space, Technorati, Uncategorized, weather on March 27, 2013 by Andrew

Full Worm Moon – March As the temperature begins to warm and the ground begins to thaw, earthworm casts appear, heralding the return of the robins. The more northern tribes knew this Moon as the Full Crow Moon, when the cawing of crows signaled the end of winter; or the Full Crust Moon, because the snow cover becomes crusted from thawing by day and freezing at night. The Full Sap Moon, marking the time of tapping maple trees, is another variation. To the settlers, it was also known as the Lenten Moon, and was considered to be the last full Moon of winter.
I took this image last night. When I see a full moon ,I am always reminded of Frank Sinatra “Fly me to the moon”
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Copernicus crater

Posted in asteroid impacts, astronomy, Astronomy links, astrophotography, comets, Luna, Lunar Craters, Lunar eclipse, Moon, Photo, photography, Planet, Solar, Space, Sun, Technorati, Uncategorized, weather on March 22, 2013 by Andrew

Now that Spring has sprung…well,not really!. We got lightly spanked with 7 Inches of snow a few days ago. With the Sun climbing ever higher each day.The snow we did get is slowly melting away. I did have to remove the snow from the observatory dome ,so I could get some imaging in.
I actually wasn’t going to do any imaging last night ,but the sky had cleared enough to do so. Can’t waste a clear sky,even if it is for a couple hours.
The temp was dropping ,and the transparency was pretty bad due to the low pressure system that have us the snow a few days ago. Yup…it is just slowly wandering away from the NE coast. If the stars are twinkling ,then I don’t bother to open the dome!. Last night was the exception. It makes it tough to grab images worthy of posting. The image below was a 500 frame AVI. All said and done,I could only use 30 frames. Why?..you may ask. Well,yes I could have stacked the whole file,but trying to get all the images to perfectly align at a 90-95% best frame value would have created a extremely fuzzy, muddled mess,and rendered the image unusable.
The Copernicus crater is a object that I have been wanting to image with the Neximage 5. Seems that clouds have been the center of attention since January.
The Copernicus crater offers a lot of detail and can easily be seen with a good pair of binoculars.
If you have a scope I highly suggest you give this crater a look. According to some sources.Copernicus was formed between 800 million and 1 billion years ago.
If you look at this crater you will notice the huge amount of regolith that surrounds the crater. More amazing is the fact that some of the rubble surrounding the crater are huge chunks of lunar bedrock that has been thrown from the crater at impact. Knowing that this crater is approximately 56 miles/95 Km’s across ,and judging from how far the debris extends from the crater.The impact must have been incredibly intense.

Image credit: Andrew
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Theophilus crater

Posted in asteroid impacts, astronomy, Astronomy links, astrophotography, Luna, Lunar Craters, Moon, Photo, photography, Solar, Space, Technorati, Uncategorized on March 19, 2013 by Andrew

Well, good evening everyone!
We are in the middle of a snow storm. Which means no observing tonight. 😦
As I hunker down and stay out of the foul weather,
The Theophilus crater is a amazing structure that is estimated to have formed between 1-3 billion years ago.With prominent terraced walls.This crater measures 61 miles,and is approximately 14,000 ft deep. Contrasting it’s flat floor is a 4,000 ft tall central peak. The central peak is believed to have been formed by the bounce back of the bedrock during the initial impact. One of the best places to see the physics of large impacts is in slow-motion photographs of droplets splashing. Every major feature of impact is represented: formation of a transient crater, ejection of jets, and collapse of the transient crater. Following the collapse of the transient crater, the floor rebounds to produce a central jet. http://www.uwgb.edu/dutchs/planets/cratform.htm

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Below is a image of a water droplet that I took about 3 years ago. Note the central peak,terraced walls as the water crater is first formed.

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Image credit: Andrew

Another Moon image and a comet sighting!

Posted in asteroid impacts, astronomy, astrophotography, comets, Luna, Lunar Craters, Moon, Photo, photography, Planet, Solar, Technorati, Uncategorized, weather on March 18, 2013 by Andrew

Having a small window of opportunity I trotted out to the observatory for some eye piece time. The sky was clear,but the transparency was up and down. I also became aware that with cold temps,my body throws off some obvious heat. This didn’t help imaging …lol
I grabbed some high resolution images of the Sun with the PST. I also trained the scope on the Moon. It looked like it was at a slow boil,but when shooting video I can remove any frames that don’t suit me. Below is a image that I processed with Registax 6 and tweaked in PS cs6.
Getting back to the story… I began to shiver from being cold so I shut down the scope and PC. I had a pair of bino’s handy and decided to look for the comet. Yaaaaay me!. I found it just above a nearby hill. I quickly ran into the warm house and,grabbed the DSLR. Being excited as a child at Christmas I ran back out to get a image. Horrified, it had sunk behind the hill 😦 . Oh well, I will have another chance soon?!!!.
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Impact Moon part 2

Posted in asteroid impacts, astronomy, astrophotography, comets, Luna, Lunar Craters, Moon, Photo, photography, Planet, Solar, Space, Technorati, Uncategorized on March 2, 2013 by Andrew

The late and great Gene Shoemaker once said “The Moon is is this slate that nobody s been erasing. The record that were are seeing of bombardment ,,,all of those craters that we see on the Moon, of the flux,of the hail of bullets coming by that’s hitting both the Earth and the Moon. If we want to see what a very fresh,big impact looks like when it’s first formed. You look at the Moon.That guy up there! “.
I don’t think I could have said it any better!!.
Image credit : Me
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