Lunar Observing Schedule for: Spain - Madrid



Produced by the Department of Physics at Aberystwyth University, UK
Ill is percentage illumination of the Moon


2017-Nov-01 UT 00:00-17:20 Ill=86% Herodotus

     BAA Request: Some astronomers have occasionally reported seeing 
     a pseudo peak on the floor of this crater. However there is no 
     central peak! Please therefore image or sketch the floor, 
     looking for anything near the centre of the crater resembling 
     a light spot, or some highland emerging from the shadow. All 
     reports should be emailed to: a t c @ a b e r . a c . u k 


2017-Nov-02 UT 01:36-02:27 Ill=93% Briggs

     BAA Request: On 2010 Apr 27 Peter Grego noticed a craterlet 
     just to the east of Briggs (this is normal), but also an E-W 
     trending lineament or wrinkle ridge that does not show up on 
     NASA LAC charts - it is this we wish to confirm by re-
     observing under similar seleonographic colongitudes. An 8" or 
     larger telecope is required, Please send any high resolution 
     images, detailed sketches, or visual descriptions to: 
     a t c @ a b e r . a c. u k .


2017-Nov-02 UT 21:37-22:35 Ill=97% Plato

     BAA Request: Two observers have reported colour on the rim 
     around this colongitude, once in 1938, and again in 2013. Please 
     take a look and report what you see, and where on the rim. 
     Please send any high resolution images, detailed sketches, or 
     visual descriptions to: a t c @ a b e r . a c. u k .


2017-Nov-03 UT 18:57-02:51 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-Nov-04 UT 22:14-22:25 Ill=99% Hahn

     BAA Request: On 2012 Jan 09 UT 21:01-21:08 Hahn crater was 
     imaged by Nick Hazel (Beverley, Yorkshire, UK, Nikon D7000 with 
     70-300 zoom at max, with 2x teleconverter, at f9, 1/320 sec, ISO 
     400  tripod mounted, mirror up), A series of images were taken. 
     The 21:06 one showed a grey column cutting across the central 
     floor of the crater from the west and then bisecting the eastern 
     rim. All detail inside is completely invisble. Some (but not 
     all) of the other images showed a more blurred view of this 
     feature. It is possible that this was a seeing ripple effect, or 
     just the natural appearance of shadings on the Moon at this 
     time, however we would like to capture images of this area to be 
     sure. Small aperture telescopes or telephoto lens similar to 
     Nick's can be used. Try switching the tracking off to see what 
     effect motion blur has during the exposure - to see4 if this 
     replicates the effect. Please send any images you take to:
     a t c @ a b e r . a c . u k


2017-Nov-06 UT 04:17-05:33 Ill=95% 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-Nov-06 UT 21:22-05:07 Ill=89% Geminus

     BAA Request: On 2011 Jan 21 Nigel Longshaw suspected the 
     eastern side of Geminus (on the border of the crater filled 
     shadow and the eastern illuminated rim) had a colouration to 
     it. This extended for a short distance from the floor shadow 
     into the illuminated rim width and spanned  from the north to 
     the south of the crater. For a comparison, Cleomedes was 
     checked but nothing unusual was noticed in its shadow. The 
     observer notes that Elger also saw colour here too. Its 
     probable that some natural surface colouration was observed, 
     but this needs to be checked out? Telescopes of aperture 4" 
     or larger are needed to observe this effect. If you have a 
     refractor, then try using this, otherwise a reflector will do 
     just as well. Please send any sketches, images, or visual 
     descriptions to: a t c @ a b e r . a c. u k .


2017-Nov-11 UT 01:31-06:29 Ill=45% Earthshine: Northern Taurids, ZHR=5 vel=29km/s

     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-Nov-12 UT 02:35-06:30 Ill=35% Earthshine: Northern Taurids, ZHR=5 vel=29km/s

     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-Nov-13 UT 03:38-06:31 Ill=25% 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-Nov-14 UT 04:41-06:32 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-Nov-15 UT 05:44-06:33 Ill=10% 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-Nov-16 UT 05:03-06:34 Ill=5% Earthshine: Leonids: ZHR=15 vel=71km/s

     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-Nov-17 UT 05:51-06:39 Ill=1% Moon

     BAA Request: Please try to image the Moon as a very thin 
     crescent, tryimg to detect Earthshine. A good telephoto lens 
     will do on a DSLR, or a camera on a small scope. We are 
     attempting to monitor the brightness of the edge of the 
     earthshine limb in order to follow up a project suggested by 
     Dr Martin Hoffmann at the 2017 EPSC Conference in Riga, 
     Latvia. This is quite a challenging project due to the sky 
     brightness and the low altitude of the Moon. Please be very 
     careful around sunrise so as not to be observing once the Sun 
     has risen. Do not bother observing if the sky conditions are 
     hazy. Any images should be emailed to: 
     a t c @ a b e r . a c . u k


2017-Nov-17 UT 05:55-06:35 Ill=1% Earthshine: Leonids: ZHR=15 vel=71km/s

     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-Nov-19 UT 17:19-18:34 Ill=1% Moon

     BAA Request: Please try to image the Moon as a very thin 
     crescent, tryimg to detect Earthshine. A good telephoto lens 
     will do on a DSLR, or a camera on a small scope. We are 
     attempting to monitor the brightness of the edge of the 
     earthshine limb in order to follow up a project suggested by 
     Dr Martin Hoffmann at the 2017 EPSC Conference in Riga, 
     Latvia. This is quite a challenging project due to the sky 
     brightness and the low altitude of the Moon. Please do not 
     attempt if the Sun is still above the horizon. Do not bother 
     observing if the sky conditions are hazy. Any images 
     should be emailed to: 
     a t c @ a b e r . a c . u k


2017-Nov-22 UT 17:23-17:47 Ill=15% Earthshine: Alpha Monocerotids: ZHR=5 (<400) vel=65km/s

     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-Nov-23 UT 17:22-18:43 Ill=23% 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-Nov-24 UT 17:22-19:44 Ill=32% 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-Nov-25 UT 17:21-20:47 Ill=41% 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-Nov-26 UT 19:15-22:23 Ill=51% Montes_Teneriffe

     BAA Request: please image this area as we want to compare 
     against a sketch made in 1854 under similar illumination. 
     However if you want to check this area visually (or with a 
     colour camera) we would be very interested to see if you can 
     detect some colour on the illuminated peaks of this mountain 
     range, or elsewhere in Mare Imbrium. Features to capture in 
     any image (mosaic), apart from Montes Teneriffe, should 
     include: Plato, Vallis Alpes, Mons Pico and Mons Piton. Any 
     visual descriptions, sketches or images of Earthshine should 
     be emailed to: a t c @ a b e r . a c . u k


2017-Nov-27 UT 18:11-20:22 Ill=61% Tycho

     BAA Request: Can you see any sign of "greyness" inside the 
     shadow on the floor of Tycho? This is possibly due to scattered 
     light off of the illuminated walls of Tycho. Mimimum sized 
     aperture telescope to use should be an 8" reflector. Any visual 
     descriptions, sketches or slightly over exposed images should  
     be emailed to:
     a t c @ a b e r . a c. u k 


2017-Nov-27 UT 22:20-23:19 Ill=62% Copernicus

     BAA Request: On 2012 Sep 24 E. Horner noticed a very strong red 
     colour around part of the sunlit inner rim of Copernicus, 
     sometimes a 1/4 and sometimes 1/2 around the interior. Quite 
     likely this was some form of atmospheric spectral dispersion - 
     though the observer checked for similar effects on other craters 
     but saw none. But to be sure we would like to obtain some colour 
     images or visual observations of this crater. The minimum sized 
     telescope to be used would ideally a 6" reflector. Low elevation 
     angles for the Moon are ideal as we want to try to replicate 
     this effect if it is indeed due to atmospheric spectral 
     dispersion. Please send any high resolution images, detailed 
     sketches, or visual descriptions 
     to: a t c @ a b e r . a c. u k .