First Quarter Moon

The Clouds Finally Part……


It’s been a full month since I’ve had the opportunity to go outside with my telescope. Here on the Eastern seaboard of Australia we’ve endured a cloudy and waterlogged few weeks and especially over the last ten days with very serious flooding all the way from Queensland in the North, through my State of New South Wales and down towards Victoria in the South.

So many people and businesses lost all of their possessions because of the havoc caused by the astonishing deluge and some lost their lives. It seems a bit trite for an astronomer to be complaining about the loss of the night sky for a few weeks so I won’t.

Yet the clouds suddenly parted last night and I was able to blow the spiders off the telescope and set it up for some deep sky imaging. Even as I was doing so, a few smaller clouds drifted across my first target.

The six day old Moon was in the clear, so while I waited for the clouds to pass by, I spent a few minutes taking an unscheduled lunar video. The result is the final still image above, derived by stacking the best 30% of 270 video frames @ 74 ms.


Image date: 2022-03-09
Telescope:Meade LX-90 200mm Schmidt-Cassegrain
(deforked); 2000 mm f/l @ f/10.
Optics:Astronomik light pollution filter.
Mount & Guiding:SkyWatcher EQ6-R Pro mount.
Imaging camera:ZWO ASI 071 MC cooled.

Cosmic Focus Observatory

34Β° South

Above us only sky….

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Images Β© Roger Powell

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  1. I hear you about the persistent clouds and poor conditions. I’ve also read news accounts about the flooding. I hope that lets up soon.

    Your moon image is sharp and clear. I’m hoping for some views in a few days. The skies are to improve and so are the temperatures. Spring is coming, I think.

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    1. Thanks, The garden’s soggy and overgrown with weeds but that’s a good outcome compared with those who suffered those floods, some having to watch water levels rising to their lounge room ceiling.

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