On Friday, I got an email alert from the nice people at the Clear Sky Alarm Clock letting me know that upcoming conditions were favorable for astronomy.
They were right!
I used the opportunity to capture images of dusty Mars, Saturn, and the Moon!
First, the Moon. It was bright. It was 96.1% illuminated, just 10° away from Mars in the sky, and practically flooding my telescope's optical tube assembly with unwanted light while I was observing.
I suffered through it. 🙂 And, I took advantage of the good seeing; I put the 2x barlow on the imager and used it to scan the Moon's face. I thought that this crater was interesting so I captured its image.
So, I pointed the telescope at it and captured a few tens of thousands of image frames. While I missed the Seeliger Effect, it appeared to me that the rings were really bright. I didn't compensate for that when I set the gain of the imager and consequently, the rings appear to be overexposed in my image. I think I could have captured more ring detail, otherwise. I'm going to try some deliberately low gain settings next time to see what happens.
|Saturn, June 30th 2018. Three days after opposition.|
|Dusty Mars, June 30th at 0330 EST.|