Lunar Photo 13th Feb 2019

Moon 13 Feb 2019

Around first quarter is a favourite phase of the moon, with the sun high enough in the lunar sky to show the rugged Montes Apenninus & Montes Caucasus emerging into the light in the northern half of the disk.

This image was taken on 13 February 2019 at 20:39 UT at the Piers Sellers Observatory with the 0.57m f/4.7 ‘Alan Young’ Newtonian and a ZWO ASI174MM camera at prime focus employing a 520nm filter. It is 500 frames stacked in AutoStakkert software.

In this view the crater Eudoxus proudly sits on sentry duty at the top end of Montes Caucasus.

The large basin of Mare Serenitatis (to the right) shows a distinct ray band, with the little crater Linne sitting there, exposed in the open!

Back on the other side of the range (left hand side), the secondary impactors in Cassini crater are clearly visible.

Between the ranges the central peaked crater Aristillus sits alongside the more massive Archimedes.

Bubble Nebula NGC7635

GCaller_bubble - OSH-1

Another fantastic astro image by CADSAS member Graham Caller.  this is NGC7635, the Bubble nebula in Cassiopeia.

He gathered data for this Oct 2016 to Jan 2017.  It’s a compilation of 35 single frames with exposure times of 5 minutes for Ha and 10 minutes for SII and OIII – total of 2 hr 55 mins of data capture.

OSH (OIII SII Ha) narrow band filters were used. He has colour mapped them to the RGB channels to give this false colour representation, in order to show a better contrast between the different channels.

OIII (oxygen) – red

SII (sulphur) – green

Ha (hydrogen) – blue

Lunar Images From Our Recent Autumn Skywatch Public Meeting

We held an Autumn Skywatch on 10th October for our members and the general public who wanted to come along. The clouds did not look promising that afternoon, but cleared pretty well by 8pm.

Many of our telescopes were set up outside and a good range of astronomical targets were observed, guided by our more knowledgeable members.

Here are three images captured that night with our big telescope, the Alan Young. They have been reduced in resolution for the web.

Clvius and Tycho

Clavius and Tycho

Archimedes and Plato

Archimedes and Plato

Monte Apenninus and Caucasus

Monte Apenninus and Caucasus