Sunday, April 21, 2013

It's the Moon....

Yet again an old favourite photographed.

2.5" Semi-Apo 520mm with 2x Barlow at Prime Focus.
Nikon D40 in B&W Mode ISO800 1/60sec.

I like the way the sun is reflecting off the walls of crater Sinus Iridum (on the edge of Mare Imbrium). - top left. Craters Plato and Copernicus are clearly seen.

MJ.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

It's Saturn!

Just a quick report this time....
Went out last night specifically to view Saturn. Viewable around 21:00 in the South-East, but waited until approx. 22:00 so it was higher and brighter, just left and down of Spica.
The rings looked really splendid and Titan was easily seen.
The half Moon was making the sky really light so I think I will wait until the cycle completes before taking another look - which will also enable Saturn to gain a little height at an earlier time as well.
All-in-all a great warmish night.

MJ.