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International Observe the Moon Night (InOMN) is Coming!

Posted in News & Events with tags , , , , , , on August 7, 2010 by astronomymike

InOMN Logo

Mark your calendars folks, September 18 is International Observe the Moon Night!

Astronomers Without Borders (AWB) is partnering with NASA missions and centers, along with other institutions, to bring the excitement of observing and learning about Earth’s closest neighbor in space to the worldwide public.

Join professional and amateur astronomers, astronomy clubs, planetariums, science centers and astronomy enthusiasts around the world in celebrating our closest celestial companion, the Moon. If you belong to an astronomy club or society, start planning your events now and be a part of something very special! Most of us take the Moon for granted, I mean we see it almost every night (or day) don’t we? But the fact is that the Moon has special significance in almost every culture and society around the world, and not only that, but to see the surface of the Moon through a telescope is truly breathtaking!

For more information, resources and to register your InOMN events, visit http://www.astronomerswithoutborders.org/projects/intl-observe-moon-night.html.

So let’s get involved and get the world looking up again!

Clear skies!
Mike

The Moon in 3-D!

Posted in Images with tags , , , , , , , on January 10, 2010 by astronomymike

My sincere thanks to Maurice Collins for giving me the idea of creating my own 3-D anaglyphs of the Moon on his excellent Moon Science website.

Strictly speaking, these 3-D images are ‘cheating’ a little, as I don’t have enough lunar images yet to be able to create the required ‘stereo pairs’. Instead, I have used a single image and some free software to create a pseudo-stereo pair. The process I used was to import and calibrate one of my images in LTVT, saving this image as the ‘left’ image of the stereo pair. Then I changed the sub-observer longitude in LTVT so the image would be slightly rotated away from the viewer and moved it to the left, thus creating a ‘right’ image for the stereo pair. Once that was done, I used the free 3-D Anaglyph Maker software to create the anaglyph.

You can view the 3-D images in my 3-D Anaglyph Gallery.
NOTE: You will need a pair of 3-D glasses to view these images in 3-D!

Clear skies!
– Mike

Image Galleries Added!

Posted in Images with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on January 8, 2010 by astronomymike

I’ve now added some image gallery pages (see the sidebar links). You can now browse my Lunar Mosaics, Lunar Close-ups, LTVT-Rectified Images and Planet Images.

Hope you enjoy!

Clear skies! – Mike

AstronomyMike has landed!

Posted in Images, News & Events with tags , , , , , , , , on January 6, 2010 by astronomymike

Hi all, and welcome to my Southern Hemisphere astronomy blog.  Please bear with me while I get used to this blogging lark!

Anyway, I thought that I’d give this a go, now that the Christmas and New Year antics are over, so I hope you enjoy it.  The main reason for setting up this blog was so that I could encourage as many of you as possible to take an interest in what many of us take for granted – the night sky.  Feel free to pop over to my About AstronomyMike page to find out how I got involved in astronomy and what equipment I use.

For now, my astronomy equipment limits me to imaging the Moon and planets in our own solar system, but eventually I hope to be able to do some deep sky imaging so you can see some of the incredibly stunning nebulae and galaxies that are out there.  That’s not to say that the Moon and our planets are boring!  Far from it.  In fact, it wasn’t until I started imaging these objects that I realised how much there was to learn about them, and I hope to be able to pass on some of this information with images that I share with you.

Here are a couple of my recent images that won first place and first equal respectively in the RASNZ (Royal Astronomical Society of NZ) Spring 2009 Astrophotography Competitions :-

Craters Catharina, Cyrillus & Theophilus

First Place - Solar System Category

The 3 large craters (top to bottom) are Catharina, Cyrillus and Theophilus.  To the left of the craters is Mare Nectaris (the smooth lava-flooded impact basin).  Not far to the right of Cyrillus was the landing site of Apollo 16.

7.5 Day (First Quarter) Moon

First Equal Place - Favourite Category

This is an image of a 7.5-day (First Quarter) Moon (in other words, 7.5 days after New Moon) taken on November 24, 2009, and is a mosaic of 4 images stitched together to create one large image.

It’s nice to see that Joel Raupe has blogged about a couple of my images too over at Lunar Networks! Thanks Joel.

I look forward to sharing some more images with you soon!

Clear skies! – Mike