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    Default Early morning Pleiades and almost new Moon



    A quick report before I head out the door...

    Thanks to Mr. Bladder, I was up at about 4:30 this morning. Always fun. Took a quick peek out the door, and despite the lousy forecast, it wasn't bad looking up. Had rained all day Wednesday, and was still rather humid, but I'm up anyways....

    Got my SLT 102 and CG4, ready to go in under a minute. The Pleiades were up, low in the east, just over the rooftop. Haven't seen the sisters since about November of last year; still quite the sight Wandered around Perseus for a bit, then thought to get my Canon T3 and try some manual tracking on the Seven Sisters.

    So this is the result of that, at just after 5AM. The first is at ISO 1600 at 8 seconds exposure, the second is ISO 800 at 7 seconds. Manual tracking. Such fun keeping some random star in the same spot through the viewfinder. It certainly makes my LP readily apparent...

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    Went back in, made coffee, had breakfast, then decided to go back out and shoot the very waning 6% lit Moon, just up in the east. The Sun wasn't far behind it (5:50AM), so I got some nice "earthshine" happening.
    I was really surprised at how clear it still was. That'll change soon enough..

    These are all at ISO 800; the first is 1 second exposure, second is 1/10th second, and the third is 1/30th. BTW, that star to the left of ol' Luna is 56 Gem, according to Stellarium.

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    And that's my morning so far. I have to go to work in the next few minutes, so thanks for reading, and hope you have a great day/night!

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    Default Re: Early morning Pleiades and almost new Moon

    Sounds like a good way to start the day! Looks awesome. Thanks for sharing!
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    Pleiades... man, I always associate that cluster with biting cold, winter gear and gloves... :P
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    Default Re: Early morning Pleiades and almost new Moon

    Quote Originally Posted by milanpicard View Post
    Pleiades... man, I always associate that cluster with biting cold, winter gear and gloves... :P
    A good reason to get up early and observe now. Although here twilight starts about 4AM, so I have to get up REALLY early. Another month or two though...
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    Default Re: Early morning Pleiades and almost new Moon

    Great photos Mark!
    I took a look at Pleiades a couple of morning ago with the bino's. Had to take a look at M31 too since it was there. Both very beautiful.
    I too get up at 4:30 regardless if I have to work that day, or if I'm off (retired last week).
    Thanks for sharing your beautiful views with us. Have a good day sir!

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    Very nice report Mark! First read of the day in my office...
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    Great report Mark, thanks for sharing. Haven't seen the Pleiades yet this season but I haven't gotten up early enough to catch them.
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    Great report.

    I am waiting for the Seven Sisters to rise a bit earlier so as I can image them. I bought a new scope earlier this year, especially for Pleiades.

    Thanks for the heads up, they are on their way
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    I was headed into work at 0400 this morning and was able to see them clear with the naked eye even with plenty of light pollution. Now I just need to get up earlier tomorrow to get the scope out to see them.

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    Default Re: Early morning Pleiades and almost new Moon

    Dang, how did I miss this report?

    Pretty darn cool, Mark! I like it!

    I saw M45 this past weekend when I was out there at almost 0400 hrs. Like Milan, that view always makes me feel cold.

    Very nice earthshine on your lunar captures. Congrats on the morning, bud!
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