Lunar Observing Schedule for: Mexico - Mexico_City



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


2018-May-08 UT 09:02-12:08 Ill=47% Montes_Teneriffe

     UAI Request: please image or sketch the area covering part of 
     Montes Teneriffe in the viciniity of Pico B, Plato E and D. 
     The UAI are interested in confirming a suspected volcanic 
     dome-like structure in this area, observed by Maurizio 
     ecchini, a member of the UAI Lunar Section. Scopes of 4" 
     diameter, or preferably larger, should be used. Any sketches 
     or images, in the vicinity pf Pico B, Plato E and D, should be 
     emailed to:
     u a i . l u n a . l g c @ g m a i l . c o m


2018-May-08 UT 09:04-11:43 Ill=46% Earthshine: Eta Lyrids & (Radio) Epsilon Arietids: ZHR=low

     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


2018-May-09 UT 09:43-11:42 Ill=37% Earthshine: Eta Lyrids & (Radio) Epsilon Arietids: ZHR=low

     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


2018-May-10 UT 10:20-11:42 Ill=27% 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


2018-May-11 UT 10:58-11:41 Ill=19% 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


2018-May-12 UT 11:37-11:41 Ill=11% 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


2018-May-13 UT 10:51-11:42 Ill=5% 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


2018-May-16 UT 01:24-02:30 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


2018-May-18 UT 01:30-02:03 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


2018-May-19 UT 01:30-03:04 Ill=17% Earthshine: (radio) Omicron Cetids: 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


2018-May-20 UT 01:30-04:02 Ill=27% Earthshine: (radio) Omicron Cetids: 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


2018-May-21 UT 01:31-04:57 Ill=39% 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


2018-May-22 UT 01:50-02:37 Ill=49% Montes_Spitzbergen

     ALPO Request: please image or sketch the area to the east and 
     north west of this group of mountains. We are attempting to 
     study some wrinkle ridges here, and in particular trying to 
     see if there is a very low lying (previously unknown) valley 
     in the mare here. Any visual descriptions, sketches or images 
     of Earthshine should be emailed to: 
     a t c @ a b e r . a c . u k


2018-May-22 UT 01:31-04:51 Ill=50% 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


2018-May-23 UT 04:31-06:52 Ill=61% 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


2018-May-23 UT 04:35-04:57 Ill=61% Alphonsus

     ALPO Request: What can you see in the way of a light patch 
     inside the crater (of a diameter of approximately 10km). If 
     visible, how long does it last for? If imaging, make sure you 
     allow a suitable exposure. If visual observing, sometimes a 
     lower magnification can help to improve image contrast. Please 
     use a telescope of aperture 20cm or larger. Any visual 
     descriptions, sketches, or images should be emailed to: 
     t o n y . c o o k @ a l p o - a s t r o n o m y . o r g


2018-May-24 UT 04:16-04:33 Ill=71% Tycho

     ALPO Request: On 2010 Aug 19 Jay Albert observed visually a very 
     faint hint of redness in a pencil thin arc (< 1/4 circumference 
     of the rim) confined to the top of the rim of the well-lit north 
     east wall. The color eventually faded, but quickly over 1-2 
     minutes. Eyepices were changed, during the sighting, but the 
     effect remained. No colour seen on other craters. We need to 
     obtain the normal apeparance of the crater to compare this 
     report against. This can be useful in simulating atmospheric 
     spectral dispersion effects. Please send any high resolution 
     colour images, detailed sketches, or visual descriptions to: 
     a t c @ a b e r . a c. u k 


2018-May-24 UT 07:30-07:55 Ill=72% 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 .


2018-May-27 UT 01:10-02:13 Ill=94% 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 


2018-May-30 UT 03:29-05:38 Ill=100% Aristarchus

     BAA Request: Please compare the brightness of Aristarchus 
     with Proclus, Censorinus, or any other similar sized bright 
     crater, over time e.g. every 5 or 10 min. Can you see any 
     changes in brightness? If so which crater is the one that is 
     varying Apertures as small as 2" diameter can be used for 
     this work, so long as the magnification is of the order of 
     100x. Please send all brightness meaurements or image 
     sequences to: 
     a t c @ a b e r . a c. u k