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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

LUNAR X APRIL 3rd 2017

Location:  Front Porch, Little Lepreau, NB, Canada

Date Time:  April 3, 2017 1805-2334 hrs

Weather:  Mostly clear to partly cloudy with hazy periods, breezy to no wind, 5C @ 1800 hrs -3C @ 2330 hrs.  Not dark until after 2030 hrs.

Equipment:  Galaxy S5 Neo, cellphone/eyepiece adapter, 19mm eyepiece, 8" Meade LX 200.

Attendance:  David McCashion

Objective:  To view and image Lunar X which was supposed to be visible @ 1800 hrs, as the Sun was still up.

Report:

  • Set up telescope just after 1800 hrs and located the almost first quarter Moon high in the SSE sky.  Sky was nice and blue at the time.  Searched for Lunar X visually with 19 mm eyepiece and could just barely make it out as it was starting to become visible.  Took some images, but they didn't show it well.  Decided to wait till later in the evening to see if it would brighten.
  • At around 1900 hrs, went back out and looked for Lunar X, which was on the lower 1/3 part of the terminator, and it had brighten significantly.  It seems to off on its own, into the dark part of the Moon.  Took images with cellphone attached to eyepiece.




  • At approx 2100 hrs, observed Jupiter and three of its Moons.  Looked closely across the face of the huge planet for the fourth moon or a shadow, but neither could be seen.  Nice view of multiple cloud bands across the face.  Different thicknesses of the bands were noted.  Thin, wispy clouds moved in around this time and blocked much of the sky.  
  • At approx 2300 hrs,  sky was completely clear with no wind.  Sky was darker as Moon was low in the west.  Searched the area around Alpha Draconis for Comet 41P T-K-G visually with 19 mm eyepiece in telescope and no comet could be found.
Sky Chart for Comet 41P from skyandtelescope.com




  • No shooting stars or Satellites were seen.

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