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Last night's Moon

3 Jun 2017, 20:32 UTC
Last night's Moon
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Last night was the first time for a week that I've been able to drag the telescopes outside.With a magnification of x50 and a bit of juggling with my simple digicam, I managed to capture a few lunar images.June 2nd 2017 - 21h30m UTOther celestial objects of interest included: (with 300mm/f5 Newtonian)Jupiter - various zones stood out, but no real definition or sharpness. I noted that the South Polar region is rather darker than the North Polar region, at the moment.With the 80a filter in place the planet returned a much more pleasing image.Arcturus in Bootes was shining in all its glory, whilst just below Arturus the asterism "Napolean's Hat" could clearly be made out at x50 magnification.Peeping around the corner of the house was the constellation of Hercules, the obvious target of globular M13 was easily found at x50.Though the contrast of M13 was somewhat diminished, maybe due to the gibbous Moon scattering that extra Moon glow.Failed to find M51... Standing with a twisted neck, whilst balancing tiptoe over the garlic plants in the garden probably didn't help! Better luck next time..Spotted the double stars Izar and Cor Coroli, plus a quick glimpse of Antares.Spent a good two hours ...

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