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    Hello all, I have a question and 2 not-so-good photo's... Can't say I didn't warn you ;-) .... Anyways, way back on the night of August 10, 2011 at 9:22 P.M., I was trying to take a shot of the Moon through my 8" Skywatcher dob with a Fujifilm 12mp P & S. As you can see, I wasn't having much (OK, any) luck. But one shot had this bright object in it, the first shot is the full image scaled down, and the second one is the "object" cropped at 1:1.
    I'd even just like to get some opinions (I know, they are pretty lousy shots), and has anyone else caught something unexpected or made you go hmmmm??
    Thanks all, have a great day and an even better night!

    All the best,
    Mark.
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    Default Re: Could this be a satellite?

    Insufficient data. It's a bright spot.

    Unlikely to be a satellite, as this is clearly a longish exposure (overexposed) and a satellite would have shown movement.

    EDIT: I take that back. You did include sufficient data to identify the object. According to Stellarium, based on your date/time (and taking a quick quess as to how much your location would alter the picture relative to mine), the object is the star HIP 94141, which was occulted by the moon that evening. Good record keeping!
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    Default Re: Could this be a satellite?

    Thank you Keith! Both for the info and the first good laugh I've had today..."insufficient data. It's a bright spot".
    Seriously, though, I never thought it was a star, didn't even occur to me. I checked my copy of Stellarium (I have it with my exact Lat. & Long.) and based on my "dob view" I would have to agree.
    How embarrassing....
    As for the record keeping, I keep all my better-than-lousy shots in a type of 'web journal' and am kinda meticulous about such things. This way I can check back and correct myself as to what I "think" I saw compared with any new knowledge I might come across. As you did just now, and thank you again.

    Have a great day and a clear night,

    All the best,
    Mark.

 

 

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