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Photo of the Month for May, 2016

Saturn

© 2016 Richard Edmonds

  • Meade LX200/GPS, f/6.3

  • OPT 2X Barlow

  • Canon 60Da shooting in Movie Crop Mode at 60 fps most probably ISO 800

  • Stack of 158 frames out of a 52 second video clip (4920 frames).

  • Unfortunately the original video clip file does not record shutter speed or ISO.
Contributed by . . . Richard Edmonds        








Activities for May 2016



Club Observing

      Saturday, May 7, 2016, 2016 - ( Sunset 7:20 pm )



Heritage Square & Williams Public Viewing

      Friday, May 13, 2016 - ( Sunset 7:23 pm )



Monthly Meeting - Subject Change

      Saturday, May 14, 2016

Title: "A book of astrophotography & timelapse video series exploring North America's starscapes and the growing threat of light pollution."

Speaker: Harun Mehmedinovic

SKYGLOW project

Harun Mehmedinovic is a Bosnian-American director, screenwriter, photographer, professor, and author.  He is a graduate of UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television and American Film Institute.  He is a photography contributor to Vogue Italia, BBC Earth, and has spoken at TED about his photography work. He has made a name for himself with his unique style of astrophotography, and galactic captures that have been featured in BBC Earth, National Geographic, WIRED, Astronomy Magazine, and hundreds more publications worldwide. His time-lapse videos have inspired people of all ages to ‘look up.' Harun is associated with the Flagstaff Dark Sky Coalition, and also teaches photography and film at Northern Arizona University.

Both a book of astrophotography and a series of time-lapse videos, SKYGLOW examines the increasing impact of light pollution on our fragile environment, a grave threat not only to a clear view of beautiful star- scapes, but also to the very ecosystem of our planet itself. Light pollution affects human health, animal migratory patterns, obstructs astronomical research, and leads to over two billion dollars of lost energy every year in the United States.



Board Meeting

      Thursday, May 19, 2016 - ( 7:00 pm )










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© 2016 Klaus Brasch

May 13, 2016 TheoCyrylCathacomplex

Click on image above for page with all 4 photos


May 13, 2016 TheoCyrylCathacomplex

Decent seeing from my end at last, so I got carried away and observed till around 3 am, imaging primarily with my AP-155 refractor, focusing on the Moon, and later Saturn and Mars. Attached a 4 of my best efforts, all shot with the ZWO webcam and the telescope at f/28 using stacked Barlows. For scale, Theophilus, the crater at the left of the famous trio (no, not a rock band ;-), is about 65 miles (100 km) in diameter.

The two images of Mars are centered around the 0 meridian, with Meridiani Sinus, and as Wayne noted ,showing limb haze and the south polar hood at top in these telescopically inverted images. The corresponding red image was shot through a red filter to highlight dark albedo feature mainly.

I am most pleased with the image of Saturn, the best I have ever obtained :-)

Klaus Brasch        





© 2016 Klaus Brasch

May 11, 2016 Copernicus



May 11, 2016 Copernicus

Thanks to wonderful Samantha Gorney and her extraordinary skills as the perfect human 'autoguider', I managed to get the following mosaic image of the great crater Copernicus with our beautifully restored Clark telescope. Although seeing was pretty good it was not great, and I am still trying to master the vagaries of webcam imaging and a few other snafus, I am pretty pleased with the results.

Please note the small doublet craters Fauth and Fauth A to the left of Copernicus. The larger craterlet is about 12 km in diameter and both are named in honor of Philipp Fauth, a famed early 20th century selenographer and cousin of my dear 99-year old mother Christel (nee Fauth), who is happily still active and interested in astronomy and living in Toronto.

With many thanks to Samantha and Rick Edmunds for their help a great night observing with the superb Clark telescope.

Klaus Brasch        





© 2016 Richard Edmonds

May 11, 2016 - Jupiter



May 11, 2016 - Jupiter

Jupiter looked pretty good last night but that was early in the evening when it was nearly overhead. By the time Mars and Saturn rose above the pine trees to my East they were suffering from wind turbulence and poor seeing. The image of Mars is a stack of the best 40 frames captured in a 3200 frame (1 minute) video clip. It was dancing and boiling all over the place.

I couldn't even focus on it but rather trusted the focus I had earlier in the evening from shooting Jupiter. That probably was not a good bet but since my mirror lock had stayed on there was nothing to lose by trying. The lunar shots I took early in the evening with Jupiter are looking pretty good but as a brighter and larger object it offers good contrast to focus and process on.

Richard Edmonds        





© 2016 Richard Edmonds

May 11, 2016 - Mars



May 11, 2016 - Mars

I went out again last night, always trying for Lucky Seeing. It looked pretty good. The first object I looked at was Jupiter. It was terrible. Then I slewed over to Mars. Wow! I have never seen it around here so good. The image to the left is the first of many I shot and I believe others in the set will be even better. I briefly looked at Saturn. It was no better than Jupiter. In fact, I could barely and only intermittently see part of the Cassini division. Who would guess that one area of the sky was very good while two areas were poor.

Richard Edmonds        





© 2016 Joseph McMenamin

May 9, 2016 - Mercury Transit



© 2016 Joseph McMenamin

May 9, 2016 - Mercury Transit



May 9, 2016 - Mercury Transit

I took these from Howard Mesa Ranch. Canon 600D on 80mm refractor with Baader filter. I added some yellow tint to look more natural.

Joseph McMenamin        





© 2016 Klaus Brasch

May 11, 2016 Ares and Antares



May 11, 2016 Ares and Antares

Although it was breezy and turbulent at my observatory last night, I managed to capture this image of the Milky Way rising, showing the Rho Ophiuchi complex with brilliant Mars and its "rival" Antares and Saturn at the left. This is a composite image taken with a modified Canon 6D and 50 mm lens at f/4.5 and an Astronomics CLS filter.

Klaus Brasch        





© 2016 Klaus Brasch

May 9, 2016 Mercury Transit



May 9, 2016 Mercury Transit

Attached is one of my images of the transit of Mercury taken around 8:30 am though a fine Astro Physics 4-inch refractor with my old Canon 50D. Mercury is the round dark spot at center right with a prominent sunspot to the left. The orange colored edge ring on the solar disk is due to the solar filter and processing effects to enhance image contrast. Note that despite the turbulent daytime seeing conditions, some granularity is also resolved on the Sun.

Thanks to Bill Burke for the use of his telescope and the great wake me up Cappuccino!

Klaus Brasch        





© 2016 Barry Malpas

May 9, 2016 Mercury Transit



May 9, 2016 Mercury Transit

My wife Anne and I were in Fox Glen Park and took the attached image at about 8:00 or so with my Meade 8-Inch Cass and my Canon Rebel T3i DSLR prime focus. I also used a Thousand Oaks filter.

Barry Malpas        





© 2016 Monica Harvey

The Star School



STAR School Receives Donation of Four Telescopes

For the past couple years Thomas Tomas, head of the STAR School science program, along with the STAR administration, has been endeavoring to build their STAR STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) program during and after school hours which includes improving their astronomy program for their Navajo students. This coming school year they hope to earn status as a certified STEM school.

Barry Malpas        





© 2016 Richard Edmonds




© 2016 Richard Edmonds




© 2016 Richard Edmonds



© 2016 Richard Edmonds




© 2016 Richard Edmonds




© 2016 Richard Edmonds



© 2016 Richard Edmonds




© 2016 Richard Edmonds




© 2016 Richard Edmonds


May 3, 2016

All images were taken Sunday night or early Monday morning. The same photographic setup was used for all: 10" f/6.3 Meade LX200/GPS at prime focus with a 2X barlow and a Canon 60Da shooting in Movie Crop Mode (640 x 480 pixles), 60 fps.

Richard Edmonds        





© 2016 Richard Edmonds

Saturn




April 2, 2016

  • Meade LX200/GPS, f/6.3

  • OPT 2X Barlow

  • Canon 60Da shooting in Movie Crop Mode at 60 fps most probably ISO 800

  • Stack of 158 frames out of a 52 second video clip (4920 frames).
Unfortunately the original video clip file does not record shutter speed or ISO.

Richard Edmonds        








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