I had some fun this morning. I got up at 5 am to look for some Orionid meteors. I saw one unimpressive short streak.
Just before 6 am, I noticed the Moon rising above the roofline of the house across the street. I set up my older model video camera which has a 35x optical zoom, much more than the 6x on my digital camera. The video optics are not as good. But, I can get a bigger image with that zoom.
Auto-exposure by the video camera shows subtle earthshine
Manual reduction reduced exposure of crescent
I also wanted to prepare and practice for the solar eclipse coming Thursday late afternoon. Details of the eclipse are in this previous post. If the weather doesn’t cooperate, the practice will be for naught. If it does cooperate, I want to be ready.
Using the same video camera as above for the Moon shots, I covered the lens with a safe eclipse-viewing filter and zoomed in. It captured a rather large sunspot just left of center which was interesting. The noise and patterns you might notice in the photo are from the camera, not the Sun.
Video camera image with color removed and noise reduction
NASA has a great spacecraft called Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) which views the Sun in multiple wavelengths and gathers frequent images. My post on SDO. I visited their site right after I captured my own image above. It shows the sunspot I saw and some additional small ones. I think I can just make out the small one on the right side of my image.
NASA Solar Dynamics Observatory
If the eclipse is viewable this coming Thursday, the Moon will cover about 55% of the Sun at my location. I will try to capture the event with my simple equipment and share it with you.