Flintstone Stargazing

November 18, 2007

Half Moon through thick clouds

Filed under: astronomy, Astrophotography, Moon, Observation Journal — Tags: — Ed @ 9:21 pm

The Moon on 11/18/07

Tonight is almost completely overcast. The Moon has only peeked through a handful of times and spends most of its time essentially invisible – the clouds are so thick that you can’t even see where the Moon is. Does that deter me? Of course not! Normally when I take images of the Moon, I’m stacking exposures that are maybe 0.0075 seconds long each (especially the more full the Moon is). This image is a single, non-stacked image of 4 seconds taken through the clouds. I had been able to focus on the moon earlier when it peeked through and I knew that I was trained on it. But, even though I really couldn’t see it at all I was able to get this image through the clouds. At the point at which I took this image, I could see a light area in the clouds, but it had no definition at all – yet the telescope with the camera was able to pull out quite a lot of detail. Pretty nifty. At least I thought so.


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