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Re: Thanks to Bob Hitt from the Chesapeake Planetarium

Bird Taylor
 

Hey Moongazers,

Marzen used his amazing monochromatic night vision along with watering / fertilizing rest breaks that I’m sure a few plants and trees appreciated. Mosquitoes weren’t even biting, and the weather was cool and comfy. The wispy clouds floating in and out added to the drama as always. We really lucked out on the winds and rain. Thanks everyone for sharing the images and stories. Gazing at the night sky always seems to put everything back into perspective especially when shared with AstroBuddies both in person and remote.

Clear Dark Skies,
Bird

On May 16, 2022, at 15:14 57, jimcoble2000 via groups.io <jimcoble2000@...> wrote:

what did the dog use??

On Monday, May 16, 2022, 01:14:15 PM EDT, Bird Taylor <birdtaylor@...> wrote:


Hey Moongazers,


Marzen, our AstroDog, and I loved watching the eclipse from our home in Hampton. What a beautiful event! I was just using naked eye and 7x50 binoculars.


Clear Dark Skies,

Bird

On May 16, 2022 at 8:10 AM Kent Blackwell <kent@...> wrote:

It was absolutely wonderful. Wow, I'm still psyched!

Kent

On Mon, 16 May 2022 11:50:53 +0000 (UTC), Mark Ost <jimcoble2000@...> wrote:
 
Great event Bob. Thank you for hosting.


 



Re: Lunar Eclipse

George Astronomer
 

Hi everyone. Let me share my picture of the Lunar Eclipse from the last night. I’m so happy I could get this shot through as small “window” in clouds.


George K.


Re: Lunar Eclipse

Tony Mascolo
 

Hey Kent,

Do you have the RAW file of your shot?  I would love to run it through PhotoLab and see what can be eeked out of the image.

Send it to tsmascolo@... if you are OK with me running it through PhotoLab, will post result here.

Later,

Tony


Re: Lunar Eclipse

Tony Mascolo
 

Hello Kent,

Hope you are well.

Wonderful shot. 

Only shots I have are with a cell phone over the eyepiece.  ISO uptemillion, image only good at postage stamp size.  Would not focus to save its life.

Barely focused Example: (and no, you don't want to see it bigger, it is NOISY!!



Later,

Tony


Re: Thanks to Bob Hitt from the Chesapeake Planetarium

jimcoble2000
 

what did the dog use??

On Monday, May 16, 2022, 01:14:15 PM EDT, Bird Taylor <birdtaylor@...> wrote:


Hey Moongazers,


Marzen, our AstroDog, and I loved watching the eclipse from our home in Hampton. What a beautiful event! I was just using naked eye and 7x50 binoculars.


Clear Dark Skies,

Bird

On May 16, 2022 at 8:10 AM Kent Blackwell <kent@...> wrote:

It was absolutely wonderful. Wow, I'm still psyched!

Kent

On Mon, 16 May 2022 11:50:53 +0000 (UTC), Mark Ost <jimcoble2000@...> wrote:
 
Great event Bob. Thank you for hosting.


 


Re: Lunar Eclipse

jimcoble2000
 

i agree. nice

On Monday, May 16, 2022, 01:31:24 PM EDT, Kent Blackwell <kent@...> wrote:


Although not my best eclipse exposure I like this one best because it shows the double star HR 5756 just before being occulted. The primary is 6.3 magnitude, and the secondary is 8.9. 
Of course, with the moon I didn't need any guidance on the mount. However, being a 4-second exposure at 800mm polar alignment was necessary. The problem being it was mostly cloudy to the north, so I just "guessed" at polar alignment.

Dr. Rober Hitt, director of the Chesapeake Planetarium thanks you all for attending. It was a thrill to watch such an event with so many whom have never seen a total lunar eclipse. 

TMB 100 f/8
Vixen SP-D2 mount with a very old in the tooth (but dependable and easy to use) SkySensor 2000 controller.
Canon 60Da DSLR
4-seconds exposure
ISO 400
12:05 am May 16


Re: Lunar Eclipse

Shawn Loescher
 

That's a great shot Kent! Can you email me the full resolution copy so I can use it on the event report for the NSN and social media? Thank Robert for me. I always enjoy events that the Chesapeake Planetarium holds.


Re: Lunar Eclipse

Ian Stewart
 

Lovely! Clouded out here.
Cheers
Ian


On May 16, 2022, at 1:31 PM, Kent Blackwell <kent@...> wrote:

Although not my best eclipse exposure I like this one best because it shows the double star HR 5756 just before being occulted. The primary is 6.3 magnitude, and the secondary is 8.9. 
Of course, with the moon I didn't need any guidance on the mount. However, being a 4-second exposure at 800mm polar alignment was necessary. The problem being it was mostly cloudy to the north, so I just "guessed" at polar alignment.

Dr. Rober Hitt, director of the Chesapeake Planetarium thanks you all for attending. It was a thrill to watch such an event with so many whom have never seen a total lunar eclipse. 

TMB 100 f/8
Vixen SP-D2 mount with a very old in the tooth (but dependable and easy to use) SkySensor 2000 controller.
Canon 60Da DSLR
4-seconds exposure
ISO 400
12:05 am May 16 IMG_1724 Crop and star occult_tn.jpg


Lunar Eclipse

Kent Blackwell
 

Although not my best eclipse exposure I like this one best because it shows the double star HR 5756 just before being occulted. The primary is 6.3 magnitude, and the secondary is 8.9. 
Of course, with the moon I didn't need any guidance on the mount. However, being a 4-second exposure at 800mm polar alignment was necessary. The problem being it was mostly cloudy to the north, so I just "guessed" at polar alignment.

Dr. Rober Hitt, director of the Chesapeake Planetarium thanks you all for attending. It was a thrill to watch such an event with so many whom have never seen a total lunar eclipse. 

TMB 100 f/8
Vixen SP-D2 mount with a very old in the tooth (but dependable and easy to use) SkySensor 2000 controller.
Canon 60Da DSLR
4-seconds exposure
ISO 400
12:05 am May 16


Re: Thanks to Bob Hitt from the Chesapeake Planetarium

Bird Taylor
 

Hey Moongazers,


Marzen, our AstroDog, and I loved watching the eclipse from our home in Hampton. What a beautiful event! I was just using naked eye and 7x50 binoculars.


Clear Dark Skies,

Bird

On May 16, 2022 at 8:10 AM Kent Blackwell <kent@...> wrote:

It was absolutely wonderful. Wow, I'm still psyched!

Kent

On Mon, 16 May 2022 11:50:53 +0000 (UTC), Mark Ost <jimcoble2000@...> wrote:
 
Great event Bob. Thank you for hosting.


 


Re: Lets see what the Darkness scales from last night's eclipse come out to be.

jimcoble2000
 

I suspect you are right Tony

On Monday, May 16, 2022, 07:52:39 AM EDT, Tony Mascolo <tsmascolo@...> wrote:


Between L1 and L2 from my viewing location.  Rust colored, but with a dimly lit umbra that only went about 3/4 around the moon.  Details were difficult to focus on at totality even with an 8" telescope.

Later,

Tony


Re: Tales of the South Pacific (Hunga Tonga Volcano particulate).........er Chesapeake Eclipse

jimcoble2000
 

with or without booze?

On Monday, May 16, 2022, 07:50:09 AM EDT, Kent Blackwell <kent@...> wrote:


I was overwhelmed, such a gorgeous eclipse. I watched most of the end of the eclipse at home.


On May 16, 2022, at 6:53 AM, Mark Ost <jimcoble2000@...> wrote:

Doubtless there will be others who took pictures last night so I will just give a quick synopsis. Despite a cloudy day and counter to predictions the sky cleared for most of the eclipse demonstrating the maxim "you don't know if you don't go". We had an excellent group at the Chesapeake Planetarium. At first we thought perhaps no one would turn out but that fear was put to rest around 9 in the evening. There were around 5 scopes set up and a couple of sets of binoculars available for the guests to use. This was one of the most pleasant crowds I have helped host. The eclipse was much darker than the last one due to particulate in the upper atmosphere that originated in a remote volcanic eruption months ago. The large eruption of Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha' Apai in December of 2021, one of the largest eruptions of the 20th century placed large amounts of ash and particles into the atmosphere causing a very dark lunar eclipse last night. Clouds moved in around midnight but we were able to see the evolution of the moon into totality. The moon also occulted a 9th magnitude star late in the eclipse. The wide view in the 4 inch Televue Genesis SDF was stunning with it's superior contrast. A dark red moon against a dead black sky with stars all around the moon. The crowd size allowed several people to use their smart phones to get actually quite good pictures through the telescope. Usually this does not work well but last night many hand held photos were quite good making many visitors happy. Doubtless they will be shared. We packed up around 0 dark thirty and as I pulled out the rain started. I got back at 1 in the morning in a drizzle. Thanks to all for making this a fine event.


Re: Lets see what the Darkness scales from last night's eclipse come out to be.

Kent Blackwell
 

Well that surely stinks.


On May 16, 2022, at 10:41 AM, Charles Jagow <chuck@...> wrote:

Clouded out in Colorado!  

 

 

 

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Date: Monday, May 16, 2022 at 5:35 AM
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Subject: [BackBayAstro] Lets see what the Darkness scales from last night's eclipse come out to be.

 

Observers are reporting a dark eclipse last night. Lets see what it comes in at.

 


Re: Lets see what the Darkness scales from last night's eclipse come out to be.

charles jagow
 

Clouded out in Colorado!  

 

 

 

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Date: Monday, May 16, 2022 at 5:35 AM
To: Kent Blackwell <kent@...>, Roy Diffrient <mail@...>, "Kurt.Melow@..." <kurt.melow@...>, "dandd4bb@..." <dandd4bb@...>, David Wright <kd3wright@...>, BBAA-Group <backbayastro@groups.io>, Ted Forte <tedforte511@...>, Shawn Loescher <shawn.loescher@...>
Subject: [BackBayAstro] Lets see what the Darkness scales from last night's eclipse come out to be.

 

Observers are reporting a dark eclipse last night. Lets see what it comes in at.

 


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Re: Thanks to Bob Hitt from the Chesapeake Planetarium

Kent Blackwell
 

It was absolutely wonderful. Wow, I'm still psyched!

Kent

On Mon, 16 May 2022 11:50:53 +0000 (UTC), Mark Ost <jimcoble2000@...> wrote:
 
Great event Bob. Thank you for hosting.


Re: Lets see what the Darkness scales from last night's eclipse come out to be.

Tony Mascolo
 

Between L1 and L2 from my viewing location.  Rust colored, but with a dimly lit umbra that only went about 3/4 around the moon.  Details were difficult to focus on at totality even with an 8" telescope.

Later,

Tony


Thanks to Bob Hitt from the Chesapeake Planetarium

jimcoble2000
 

Great event Bob. Thank you for hosting.


Re: Tales of the South Pacific (Hunga Tonga Volcano particulate).........er Chesapeake Eclipse

Kent Blackwell
 

I was overwhelmed, such a gorgeous eclipse. I watched most of the end of the eclipse at home.


On May 16, 2022, at 6:53 AM, Mark Ost <jimcoble2000@...> wrote:

Doubtless there will be others who took pictures last night so I will just give a quick synopsis. Despite a cloudy day and counter to predictions the sky cleared for most of the eclipse demonstrating the maxim "you don't know if you don't go". We had an excellent group at the Chesapeake Planetarium. At first we thought perhaps no one would turn out but that fear was put to rest around 9 in the evening. There were around 5 scopes set up and a couple of sets of binoculars available for the guests to use. This was one of the most pleasant crowds I have helped host. The eclipse was much darker than the last one due to particulate in the upper atmosphere that originated in a remote volcanic eruption months ago. The large eruption of Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha' Apai in December of 2021, one of the largest eruptions of the 20th century placed large amounts of ash and particles into the atmosphere causing a very dark lunar eclipse last night. Clouds moved in around midnight but we were able to see the evolution of the moon into totality. The moon also occulted a 9th magnitude star late in the eclipse. The wide view in the 4 inch Televue Genesis SDF was stunning with it's superior contrast. A dark red moon against a dead black sky with stars all around the moon. The crowd size allowed several people to use their smart phones to get actually quite good pictures through the telescope. Usually this does not work well but last night many hand held photos were quite good making many visitors happy. Doubtless they will be shared. We packed up around 0 dark thirty and as I pulled out the rain started. I got back at 1 in the morning in a drizzle. Thanks to all for making this a fine event.


Re: Tales of the South Pacific (Hunga Tonga Volcano particulate).........er Chesapeake Eclipse

jimcoble2000
 

Thank you Tony I am well. Glad you got to see it.

On Monday, May 16, 2022, 07:44:58 AM EDT, Tony Mascolo <tsmascolo@...> wrote:


Hey Mark,

Hope you are well.

Clouds cleared out.  Plopped the Skywatcher Collapsible 8" dob outside and was happy to be able to view the eclipse last night with my family, all of us were surprised at how dark it was at Totality.  They were all expecting the clear bright red of past eclipses at Totality, alas, not to happen.  My youngest, Caitlin, said it reminded her of Mars, more than an eclipse of the moon in appearance.  I had to agree with her, with the wispy clouds and volcanic dust obscuring the clarity, it definitely reminded me of trying to see detail on Mars, only larger.  Very surprisingly dim through an 8", that is a lot of dust.  Viewing with a University Optics 2" 25mm MK-70 Konig at 48x yielding a true field of view of 1.46 degrees and an exit pupil of 4.16mm, so plenty of light available.  Was still a pretty view, and the 25mm has enough eye relief for my Wife to use her glasses.

They all went inside after Totality, I stayed out to view more. Saw the star occulted that you mentioned.  Was hoping to see it all in reverse, obviously did not happen.  Clouds rolled in, and I saw some heat lightning, and that was that, rushed it all inside.

It was nice just to throw out an un-powered dob without any electronics, back to basics and perfect for this occasion.

Found this site for cloud mapping, which was pretty darned accurate.

Here:

https://weather-radar-live.com/cloud-cover-map/

Later,

Tony


Re: Tales of the South Pacific (Hunga Tonga Volcano particulate).........er Chesapeake Eclipse

Tony Mascolo
 

Hey Mark,

Hope you are well.

Clouds cleared out.  Plopped the Skywatcher Collapsible 8" dob outside and was happy to be able to view the eclipse last night with my family, all of us were surprised at how dark it was at Totality.  They were all expecting the clear bright red of past eclipses at Totality, alas, not to happen.  My youngest, Caitlin, said it reminded her of Mars, more than an eclipse of the moon in appearance.  I had to agree with her, with the wispy clouds and volcanic dust obscuring the clarity, it definitely reminded me of trying to see detail on Mars, only larger.  Very surprisingly dim through an 8", that is a lot of dust.  Viewing with a University Optics 2" 25mm MK-70 Konig at 48x yielding a true field of view of 1.46 degrees and an exit pupil of 4.16mm, so plenty of light available.  Was still a pretty view, and the 25mm has enough eye relief for my Wife to use her glasses.

They all went inside after Totality, I stayed out to view more. Saw the star occulted that you mentioned.  Was hoping to see it all in reverse, obviously did not happen.  Clouds rolled in, and I saw some heat lightning, and that was that, rushed it all inside.

It was nice just to throw out an un-powered dob without any electronics, back to basics and perfect for this occasion.

Found this site for cloud mapping, which was pretty darned accurate.

Here:

https://weather-radar-live.com/cloud-cover-map/

Later,

Tony

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