Lunar Observing Schedule for: Jamaica - Kingston



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Ill is percentage illumination of the Moon


2017-Sep-03 UT 00:21-00:39 Ill=89% Aristarchus

     BAA Request: On 1997 Oct 13, New Zealand observer D. Rodway 
     noticed some strong colour on the south east corner of the 
     interior of Aristarchus. This was confirmed by the observer's 
     wife. The effect faded away in just 12 minutes. It would be 
     helpful to have sketches or colour images showing what the 
     normal appearance of this crater should be at this stage in 
     illumination. The minimum sized telesvcope to use should be 
     8" aperture, with a magnification of around x270. Any images 
     or sketches should be emailed to: 
     a t c @ a b e r . a c . u k


2017-Sep-03 UT 04:48-05:10 Ill=90% Aristarchus

     BAA Request: Try taking some colour images of this crater - but 
     keep the exposure short enough so that it does not saturate. Can 
     you detect any blue colour, and also on the ray to the south 
     west? Images should be emailed to: a t c @ a b e r . a c. u k 


2017-Sep-06 UT 00:16-01:21 Ill=100% Full_Moon

     ALPO Request: Please take images of the Full Moon, but make 
     sure you under expose as we want to avoid bright ray craters 
     like Aristarchus, Tycho, Proclus etc from saturating. The 
     purpose behind this is we want to compare with images of 
     Earthshine which are essentially zero phase illumination 
     images, like at Full Moon. There have been reports in the past 
     that Aristarchus varies greatly in brightness compared to 
     other features. David Darling (a past TLP coordinator) has 
     suggested this was simply due to libration effects, i.e. 
     viewing angles, so we would naturally like to test this 
     theory out. Also if you have any past images of close to Full 
     Moon, please send these in too if the above mentioned craters 
     are not saturated. Pretty much any size telescope can be used 
     to take these images so long as we can clearly see the above 
     craters. Obviously do not attempt this if the sky is cloudy or 
     hazy. Observations will be presented in the "Lunar Observer" 
     - a monthly publication of the Lunar Section of ALPO. All 
     reports should be emailed to: 
     a t c @ a b e r . a c . uk


2017-Sep-08 UT 02:39-04:12 Ill=96% Aristarchus

     BAA Request: Do the appearance of the bands on the crater rim 
     vary (blur) in appearance over time? Compare them to bands in 
     other craters e.g. Herodotus, Kepler, Copernicus. If you do 
     see any variations in sharpness, see how it relates to 
     atmospheric seeing condtions. All images or sketches should 
     be emailed to: 
     a t c @ a b e r . a c. u k 


2017-Sep-13 UT 06:05-10:34 Ill=48% Earthshine: sporadic meteors

     These can only be observed using low-light level cameras running at 25 frames per sec,
     or faster, and capable of recording 9th or 10th magnitude stars in real time.
     Dates/UTs of observing runs, or detections of impacts, should be emailed to:
     ALPO - email: c u d n i k @ s b c g l o b a l . n e t
     BAA - email: a t c @ a b e r . a c . u k
     UAI - email: a m . 5 4 8 5 2 @ g m a i l . c o m


2017-Sep-14 UT 07:02-10:35 Ill=36% Earthshine: sporadic meteors

     These can only be observed using low-light level cameras running at 25 frames per sec,
     or faster, and capable of recording 9th or 10th magnitude stars in real time.
     Dates/UTs of observing runs, or detections of impacts, should be emailed to:
     ALPO - email: c u d n i k @ s b c g l o b a l . n e t
     BAA - email: a t c @ a b e r . a c . u k
     UAI - email: a m . 5 4 8 5 2 @ g m a i l . c o m


2017-Sep-15 UT 08:00-10:35 Ill=26% Earthshine: sporadic meteors

     These can only be observed using low-light level cameras running at 25 frames per sec,
     or faster, and capable of recording 9th or 10th magnitude stars in real time.
     Dates/UTs of observing runs, or detections of impacts, should be emailed to:
     ALPO - email: c u d n i k @ s b c g l o b a l . n e t
     BAA - email: a t c @ a b e r . a c . u k
     UAI - email: a m . 5 4 8 5 2 @ g m a i l . c o m


2017-Sep-16 UT 08:59-10:35 Ill=16% Earthshine: sporadic meteors

     These can only be observed using low-light level cameras running at 25 frames per sec,
     or faster, and capable of recording 9th or 10th magnitude stars in real time.
     Dates/UTs of observing runs, or detections of impacts, should be emailed to:
     ALPO - email: c u d n i k @ s b c g l o b a l . n e t
     BAA - email: a t c @ a b e r . a c . u k
     UAI - email: a m . 5 4 8 5 2 @ g m a i l . c o m


2017-Sep-17 UT 09:57-10:35 Ill=9% Earthshine: sporadic meteors

     These can only be observed using low-light level cameras running at 25 frames per sec,
     or faster, and capable of recording 9th or 10th magnitude stars in real time.
     Dates/UTs of observing runs, or detections of impacts, should be emailed to:
     ALPO - email: c u d n i k @ s b c g l o b a l . n e t
     BAA - email: a t c @ a b e r . a c . u k
     UAI - email: a m . 5 4 8 5 2 @ g m a i l . c o m


2017-Sep-22 UT 23:25-23:30 Ill=8% Earthshine: sporadic meteors

     These can only be observed using low-light level cameras running at 25 frames per sec,
     or faster, and capable of recording 9th or 10th magnitude stars in real time.
     Dates/UTs of observing runs, or detections of impacts, should be emailed to:
     ALPO - email: c u d n i k @ s b c g l o b a l . n e t
     BAA - email: a t c @ a b e r . a c . u k
     UAI - email: a m . 5 4 8 5 2 @ g m a i l . c o m


2017-Sep-23 UT 23:24-00:09 Ill=14% Earthshine: sporadic meteors

     These can only be observed using low-light level cameras running at 25 frames per sec,
     or faster, and capable of recording 9th or 10th magnitude stars in real time.
     Dates/UTs of observing runs, or detections of impacts, should be emailed to:
     ALPO - email: c u d n i k @ s b c g l o b a l . n e t
     BAA - email: a t c @ a b e r . a c . u k
     UAI - email: a m . 5 4 8 5 2 @ g m a i l . c o m


2017-Sep-24 UT 23:24-00:49 Ill=22% Earthshine: sporadic meteors

     These can only be observed using low-light level cameras running at 25 frames per sec,
     or faster, and capable of recording 9th or 10th magnitude stars in real time.
     Dates/UTs of observing runs, or detections of impacts, should be emailed to:
     ALPO - email: c u d n i k @ s b c g l o b a l . n e t
     BAA - email: a t c @ a b e r . a c . u k
     UAI - email: a m . 5 4 8 5 2 @ g m a i l . c o m


2017-Sep-25 UT 23:23-01:30 Ill=31% Earthshine: (radio shower) Sextantids: ZHR=medium

     These can only be observed using low-light level cameras running at 25 frames per sec,
     or faster, and capable of recording 9th or 10th magnitude stars in real time.
     Dates/UTs of observing runs, or detections of impacts, should be emailed to:
     ALPO - email: c u d n i k @ s b c g l o b a l . n e t
     BAA - email: a t c @ a b e r . a c . u k
     UAI - email: a m . 5 4 8 5 2 @ g m a i l . c o m


2017-Sep-26 UT 23:22-02:13 Ill=40% Earthshine: (radio shower) Sextantids: ZHR=medium

     These can only be observed using low-light level cameras running at 25 frames per sec,
     or faster, and capable of recording 9th or 10th magnitude stars in real time.
     Dates/UTs of observing runs, or detections of impacts, should be emailed to:
     ALPO - email: c u d n i k @ s b c g l o b a l . n e t
     BAA - email: a t c @ a b e r . a c . u k
     UAI - email: a m . 5 4 8 5 2 @ g m a i l . c o m


2017-Sep-27 UT 23:21-02:59 Ill=49% Earthshine: sporadic meteors

     These can only be observed using low-light level cameras running at 25 frames per sec,
     or faster, and capable of recording 9th or 10th magnitude stars in real time.
     Dates/UTs of observing runs, or detections of impacts, should be emailed to:
     ALPO - email: c u d n i k @ s b c g l o b a l . n e t
     BAA - email: a t c @ a b e r . a c . u k
     UAI - email: a m . 5 4 8 5 2 @ g m a i l . c o m


2017-Sep-29 UT 22:54-23:18 Ill=67% Copernicus

     BAA Request: On 2006 Jan 05 Geoff Burt make a sketch of 
     Copernicus, and in it he drew a speck of light in the 
     interior shadow between the central peaks and the NE rim. Was 
     this due to a chance alighnment of the Sun and rim valley at 
     sunrise? Try to sketch or image this crater (over exposing if 
     necessary) to see if there is any highland projecting out of 
     the shadow in this location. Please send any high resolution 
     images, detailed sketches, or visual descriptions to: 
     a t c @ a b e r . a c. u k .


2017-Sep-29 UT 23:36-01:28 Ill=68% Cichus

     BAA Request: Following an article by Nigel Longshaw in the 
     Journal of the British Astronomical Association in 2015 June 
     (p154-157), we would like to encourage sketches and images of 
     the Cichus-Weiss region of the Moon. At this particular 
     illumination you may be able to see (depending upon libration) 
     a "curved thread of light" effect extending into the night 
     side of the Moon, just north of Cichus. The effect was 
     originally detailed by Thomas Elger in a sketch from 1888. We 
     would very much like to know the duration of this effect. 
     Ideally suited for scopes of aperture 4" or larger. If 
     imaging, try over exposing slightly in order to bring ut 
     detail on the terminator. Please send any observation 
     you make to: 
     n i g e l @ a j c o c k e r a s s o c i a t e s . c o . u k