Lunar Observing Schedule for: Falkland_Islands - Port_Stanley



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


2017-May-02 UT 21:08-23:05 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-May-04 UT 22:04-22:10 Ill=69% Eratosthenes

     ALPO Request: This request comes about because of two 
     observations. Firstly on 2009 Nov 25 Paul Abel and others 
     detected some colour on the inner west illumntated slopes of 
     this crater. No similar colour existed elsewhere. On 2012 Aug 
     25 Charles Galdies imaged this crater and detected a similar 
     colour, approximately in the same location, though he also 
     imaged colour elsewhere. It is important to replicate this 
     observation to see if it was natural surface colour, 
     atmospheric spectral dispersion, or some effect in the camera 
     that Charles was using, namely a Philips SPC 900NC camera. 
     The minimum sized telescope to be used would ideally a 8" 
     reflector. Please send any high resolution images, detailed 
     sketches, or visual descriptions to: 
     a t c @ a b e r . a c. u k .


2017-May-10 UT 22:31-04:46 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-May-11 UT 06:45-08:55 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 


2017-May-16 UT 01:58-02:56 Ill=77% Aristarchus

     ALPO Request: Does this crater vary in brightness over time? 
     If so, check whether this effect is related to atmospheric 
     seeing conditions by examining other bright craters. You will 
     need a clear sky to attempt this, and the telescope size 
     should be at least 3". Can you also see a thin short bright 
     ray running off the NE of the crater i.e. in the opposite 
     direction to the usual south west bright ray? If observing 
     visually a magnification of just over x100 would be ideal for 
     this study. Please send all brightness meaurements or image 
     sequences to: a t c @ a b e r . a c. u k 


2017-May-17 UT 11:06-11:33 Ill=66% Aristarchus

     BAA Request: please study visually or image this crater, 
     concentrating especially on the east rim and beyond. Is there 
     a bright spot on the east rim, and how does it compare in 
     brightness to the central peak of Aristarchus. oes the 
     apparance change over time? Also is there anything just beyond 
     the eastern rim which might resemble a crater rim? Any visual 
     descriptions, sketches or images of Earthshine should be 
     emailed to: a t c @ a b e r . a c . u k


2017-May-19 UT 05:33-10:54 Ill=46% 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


2017-May-20 UT 06:43-10:55 Ill=35% 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


2017-May-21 UT 07:58-10:56 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-May-22 UT 09:20-10:58 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-May-23 UT 10:51-10:59 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-May-30 UT 20:33-22:22 Ill=33% 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-May-31 UT 20:32-23:59 Ill=44% 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