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    04 01 2017

    Seeing: White haze around the moon.
    But I set up anyway. Jupiter resolved much better than I thought it would. I could see the atmosphere quiver at 137X, but was able to reslove 4 moons. Two on one side two on the other. The two on the right as I view through the scope were closer to jupiter than they were a few nights ago. Good definition in the color bands. Jupiter seemed more orange tonight. Maybe from the atmosphere I was seeing through.

    The moon was in the West so I turned there. Even with the haze I had a good view with this telescope and was able to snap a few pics with my cell phone. Different pictures from my last moon pics because this was an earlier moon. I was able to see details tonight that were much less defined in my earlier observation with an older moon. Pretty cool for me.

    Maybe not Great Seeing but I had fun :-)Moon 040117.jpg
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    Very nice, Mark! Good to see you getting in some sky time, and cool moon image!

    Here is a fun web app that can help identify which moon is which with Jupiter: Jupiter's Moons

    And the Virtual Moon Atlas is quite helpful with identifying lunar features, if interested: https://www.ap-i.net/avl/en/download

    Great reporting, sir!
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    Really nice image Mark, the surface of the Moon can be interesting to watch as it is visually changing constantly. You can view it for years and still find new things to see.
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    Nice report Mark Jupiter is nice to look at ,I think it will be at opposition in a few days time around the 7th this month enjoy
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    Nice report Mark and great job getting a close up of the moon with poor seeing.
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    Thank you all. But I am confused. I was working on labeling things using three sets of pics I have taken. Two sets from last months moon and the ones I took tonight. It looks like the darn thing rotated a bit. I'm attaching the full FOV snap I took tonight.
    Does it shift a bit somehow ? If not it must be they way I am taking the picture. And yes...its fun. :-)Small Moon 04 01 17.jpg
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    I am trying to overlay the different pics in PS to help me ID things because the features are more clear as the limit shifts, but The ones from last months moon don't seem to line up correctly with what a got tonight. The moon is tricking me I think. Any thoughts...beyond the fact that I have the Dork gene. "-)
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    Nice Image. It is all about having fun. Clear skies.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eagleheaf View Post
    Thank you all. But I am confused. I was working on labeling things using three sets of pics I have taken. Two sets from last months moon and the ones I took tonight. It looks like the darn thing rotated a bit. I'm attaching the full FOV snap I took tonight.
    Does it shift a bit somehow ? If not it must be they way I am taking the picture. And yes...its fun. :-)Small Moon 04 01 17.jpg
    Yes! Check this out: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Libration#Lunar_libration
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eagleheaf View Post
    I am trying to overlay the different pics in PS to help me ID things because the features are more clear as the limit shifts, but The ones from last months moon don't seem to line up correctly with what a got tonight. The moon is tricking me I think. Any thoughts...beyond the fact that I have the Dork gene. "-)
    The Moon changes so much, even hourly, as the terminator advances across the surface. Probably an exercise in futility to stack images from different times.

    Your best bet is to run off a video for a couple thousand frames and then stack the best of those.

    Caveat: I do not do this, so I am of no use with further assistance on that bit, but there are many others that can help.
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