Thursday, August 14, 2014

Lunar Imaging Session - August 14, 2014

The sky this evening is very hazy and seeing condition is not good. Nevertheless, I proceeded with the session not expecting too much out of the session. I tried to use a 2x barlow this evening but focus can't seem to lock down on the subject so I revert back to yesterday prime focus configuration to salvage what fair image I could get tonight. After fighting with haze, clouds and bad seeing, I called it quits after 30 minutes when the Moon got clouded out totally :(

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Lunar Imaging Session - August 13, 2014

I waited for the Waning Gibbous Moon to rise from the obstructed building for me to do some lunar imaging session at high resolution close up shots of the lunar features. Unfortunately, seeing condition tonight is not that good so I didn't force myself to do full high resolution imaging but only at prime focus of Meade 8" f/10 SCT with ZWO ASI120MM webcam. Results is nevertheless acceptable and I'm quite happy with it despite the bad seeing. Oh well. better than nothing as they say :)

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Lunar Imaging Session - August 11, 2014 Super Moon (Perigee Full Moon)

I waited for the Perigee Full Moon aka Super Moon this morning at around 2:09am to image the biggest Perigee Moon for the year 2014. This is not only the closest and the largest full moon of the year. It also presents the moon’s closest encounter with Earth for all of 2014. The Moon will not be this close again until the full moon of September 28, 2015. I also made a comparison image of this morning's Perigee Full Moon against the Full Moons of July 12, 2014 and April 15, 2014. All 3 images were taken using same lens so I can make more accurate size difference. I used a Canon EOS 500D DSLR camera with Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 IS L lens set at 400mm f/11.

Lunar Imaging Session - August 10, 2014

The sky this evening is partly cloudy and a bit hazy. I was planning to image the Perigee Moon later at around 2:09am but a bit worried of the weather so I took an assurance image of the Full Moon at around 10:30pm so that in case weather gone bad later after midnight. I will still have a Pre-Perigee Full Moon that I can make comparison with last month's Perigee Full Moon aka SuperMoon. :) Image taken using Canon EOS 500D DSLR with Canon EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 IS L lens set at 400mm f/11. 1/250sec exposure at ISO 100.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Lunar Imaging Session - August 9, 2014

After I came home from work. I saw the Waxing Gibbous Moon peeping out of the tall building so I use this opportunity to image the Moon through the William Optics Megrez 90FD refractor both full disk with Canon EOS 500D DSLR and high resolution with ZWO ASI120MM webcam and TV 5x Powermate. Seeing condition is poor but I still proceeded with imaging the Moon before I went out to have a meeting as well as visit my Godmother who is confine in the hospital. I image the Bailly crater region before I got obstructed again by the roof. Anyway, still happy with the result despite the poor seeing condition.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Sun Halo - July 19, 2014

After I had lunch, I saw a very cloudy sky with a faint sun glow trying to penetrate the thick clouds. I then look up to the sky and saw a nice sun halo almost overhead! I quickly try to find an open sky for me to image it even with my Samsung Galaxy S4 camera as I didn't brought with me my Canon DSLR as well as Canon UWA lens :( Unfortunately, I was still able to get some building obstruction despite my best effort to look for an open sky. Anyway, better than nothing.... :)

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Lunar Imaging Session - July 12, 2014 Super Moon (Perigee Moon)

The sky tonight was a bit cloudy in the early evening so I had to wait past 9pm already before I left my setup running and brought my new small Shitzhu named Crunch and Japanese Spitz named Bolt to the veterinary clinic for their deworming procedure. As we left the clinic, I saw the tonight's SuperMoon (Perigee Moon) shining brightly with no clouds. So I hurriedly went back home but unfortunately, The Moon has already pass by observing window so I just brought out my Canon Canon EOS 500D DSLR on EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 IS L lens set at 400mm f/11 on sturdy tripod to image the Full Moon at my laundry area. Tonight's SuperMoon is one of the 3 SuperMoons that will be visible this year. Tonight's Supermoon will be 222,611 miles away from Earth – that's about 30,000 miles closer than at its farthest distance in 2014. The moon will be at its closest this year on Aug. 10, when it will be 221,748 miles from Earth. Another Supermoon will follow thereafter again on September 9, 2014. A supermoon, also known as a perigee moon, happens when a moon turns full at about the same time it reaches perigee, or its closest point to Earth during its orbit. I also use a n older Full Moon taken last April 15, 2014 to make a comparison size against tonight's Supermoon and it is easily noticeably bigger :)