My objective for this session was my first lunar capture with the ASI178MC.

I had put the Meade on the G11 on Friday so that I could take advantage of the next opportunity to shoot the Moon in color with the ASI178MC, and it paid off today.

It was about 44F when I went out at 1945. The surface winds were calm, but the seeing was below average. I’m used to that. It was 41F when I came inside at 2120.

The good: Set up, power up and acquisition when smoothly, and I was able to quickly acquire the target.

I shot several closeup, to include Clavius, Copernicus, Plato, Tycho, and a few others. Then I went back and shot a panel series that covered the whole disk.

The bad: I was tired and chilly. I didn’t sleep well last night and would have napped this afternoon if I had know that I was going to work at the scope.

The ugly: With the longer focal length Meade I was definitely able to see backlash in both axes. That a problem that I will reserve for a warmer night so that I can work comfortably at the scope for an extended period.

The Moon - 2022-04-11 00:40 UTC - Copernicus Eratosthenes
Crater Copernicus
Montes Apenninus and Mare Serenitatis
Moon 2022-04-11-0044UTC Plato, Vallis Alpes
Plato and Vallis Alpes
The Moon - 2022-04-11 00:45 UTC - Fra Mauro, Mare Nubium, and Ptolemaeus
Fra Mauro, Mare Nubium and Ptolemaeus
Moon - 2022-04-11-0047 UTC - Crater Tycho
Crater Tycho
The Moon - 2022-04-11 00:49 UTC - Clavius and Southern Lunar Highlands
Southern Lunar Region
The Moon - 2022-04-11 00:5 1UTC - Mare Tranquillitatis and Mare Crisium
Mare Tranquillitatus and Mare Crisium
The Moon - 2022-04-11 00:57 UTC - Mosaic
The Moon

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