The spots seem to be disappearing. Hurry if you want to see them!
Although it was still broad daylight at 7PM today, the Moon was visible from the window-sill.
I thought I would have a look at the Ukert area as in “Moonwatch” in July’s “Sky at Night” magazine. The daylight conditions made it a bit too difficult to get a decent image, but to my surprise, the Lunar “X” and “V” were still visible. The “V” was quite clear next to Ukert.
Got a few Solargraphs loaded last light (Wednesday 20th June), just in time for today’s Summer Solstice.
Attached mine to it’s usual place on the back of the house (facing SSE), before heading off for an evening walk with two under my arm to deliver to Andy (he beat me to the blog entry – see below)!
Andy has one of the new style cans to try – donated by Ed who has a fine taste of coffee (Azeri / Lavazza – I also like this version). I did make the extra effort to drill a bigger hole in the can, then fix tin foil over it and then pin a fine hole through that. The only ‘issue’ with these cans is that I only get three sheets out of a big sheet of B&W photographic paper, whereas I get 6 when cutting for a standard baked bean can.
Good job as well that it was set up ready for this morning – today was pretty good and should have set a fine ‘upper limit’ on the paper for when we open the can up and take a look after December 21st…
This morning, in action (around 8.15am) !
Damian kindly delivered two new solargraphs yesterday and I installed these in my garden in Lichfield (LRO). Good job he gave me instructions to check the aperture after hammering in the stake – in one of them the paper turned around and covered the hole (hole looked white) so I had to take off top and move paper around again and re-tape it.
Thought this made a pretty picture – moon between branches of the front trees (slightly cloudy as well giving plenty of ‘glow’!)
Taken with my spare works camera, a Nikon D7000 (16.2 Mp on a cropped sensor), with my glass on the front:
Nikon 1.4x teleconverter and Nikon 70-200mm VRII f/2.8
ISO 160, 1/30 sec, f/4, Focal length 280mm (420mm in 35mm full frame terms), hand-held.
RAW file processed twice in Adobe Lightroom for the background and then the lunar features. Composited in Adobe Photoshop CC 2017.
With Jupiter, Saturn and Mars in the deep south there is not much opportunity to get decent planetary images. However, Jupiter is currently lurking in Libra, not far from the double star Zubenelgenubi, so there is the chance of getting a pretty picture, at least. Here is an image from the window-sill