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    Default Another daytime Moon and a hungry chipmunk.



    Greetings again all, hope you're well

    I'm happy; I'm home. Long story short, I'm doing better than expected with all this. That comes from being stubborn, I guess

    Today was remarkably clear and warm. After I got in, I went outside to soak up some warmth and Vitamin D from ol' Sol, and listen to everything melt. Can't see it, per se, but you can hear the dripping...

    Glancing up, I noticed the Moon was nearing the Meridian as the Sun was sinking in the west. I've taken a number of shots of the "daytime moon", and even caught Venus close by a while ago, but when it comes to stacking or even just bring out detail on single frames, I pretty much give up. If I do short exposures it's dark enough, but the resulting image looks like it was taken at night. So why don't I wait five or so hours until it's dark? I will, but I just like the view and challenge of ol' Luna in the daytime

    I've heard that the appropriate color filter will help, but I have 2 filter: A Baader Semi-Apo and a Lumicon LP filter, both 1.25. I use the LP filter mostly for keeping the bust out of my camera when the T-ring is on. The Semi-Apo? Twice

    So I tried both of them with the daytime shots through my T3 and C80-HD. The Semi-Apo gave everything a purplish tinge, as it does. I'm not a big fan of it. But the LP filter was perfect! I shot the Moon with it at ISO 200 and 1/320 sec exposure for a total of six shots. I tried other camera settings on my T3, but those were the best.

    I ran them through PIPP and Autostakkert 2, then applied mild sharpening in Gimp 2, and that's it. I'm much happier with this than anything previous, and my LP filter now has a use other than a dust cap!





    I then thought to try this through my little 'Towatron' 60mm at f/7. I really like this scope. Went and got that, and as I was changing the camera from one scope to another, I heard a noise other than water dripping. Glancing up, I saw in the tree a chipmunk chowing down on a pine cone. Well, this would explain the ever growing pile near the fence under the exact spot he/she was sitting having dinner. Creature of habit, this one...





    So quickly hooking up the camera to the 60mm scope, I took some shots of my little neighbour...





    I guess the little booger heard the camera going off, or maybe it just felt "observed". Either way, I have been spotted... I love the way it still has the pine cone stuffed in its mouth





    And now he/she thinks I'm going to run it over, I guess, because it quickly took off to theright....





    Stopped for a brief second to check if I was still there....





    And then ran off to the left! Kinda like they do when you're driving down the road, and they're crossing the street. All I caught was a flash of fur...





    By this time, the Moon was at the Meridian, and behind the tree branches. Well, I got what I wanted through the 80mm, so that was enough.

    And it is still clear out; supposed to be all night. If I have the energy, I'm going to give my Jason 80mm f/15 a whirl with my I've-still-hardly-used-it Fujiyama KK 25mm ortho. If seeing is that good, I'll work my way down to the 18 and 12.5mm And I'd like to take out my old Tasco 4.5" and try the eyepieces in it, as well. I know the 18mm is stunning in it on everything from the Moon to planets to star clusters. So much Japanese-made goodness; so itching for nightfall!!

    Alrighty then. Before I pass out from anticipation, I'll leave you be. Might check in later, too, see how it goes


    Hope your skies are clear, and all the best,
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    Default Re: Another daytime Moon and a hungry chipmunk.

    Congratulations! A new observing buddy.
    Moving on.......

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    Default Re: Another daytime Moon and a hungry chipmunk.

    Hi Mark!

    Great daytime Astro report!

    Very good to hear you are doing better.

    You and the chipmunk are getting pretty personal in your photos. Great job with them and certainly a fine daytime moon image too!

    Hopefully you will get a nice evening sky and can get some good views.

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    Default Re: Another daytime Moon and a hungry chipmunk.

    Some great images Mark
    The chipmunk is definitely not going hungry!
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    Tree Rats! Great stuff, Mark, I enjoy daytime lunar observing. Glad to see you getting some "thaw-time" outside. Spring, it is a comin' soon.
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    Very nice moon image and I love the cheeky squirrel lol


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    Default Re: Another daytime Moon and a hungry chipmunk.

    Hi Mark! Thanks for sharing the beautiful daytime moon image. I’m glad you’re getting some quality time with your scopes and the weather is warming up!
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    Default Re: Another daytime Moon and a hungry chipmunk.

    Not to be picky but it helps to be accurate that is not a chipmunk but a red Squirrel.
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