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  • Crescent Moon Venus NLowndes.jpg

    ~ Crescent Moon and Venus ~

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  • 3 day Moon NLowndes.jpg

    ~ New 3 Day old ‘Waxing Crescent Moon’ taken with Meade 8inch Telescope ~

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  • Xmas_Full Moon_NLowndes.jpg

    ~ Xmas Day Full Moon ~ This year we had a beautiful full Moon in our evening sky for Christmas Day, this was a rare event as the last time a full Moon happened on Christmas Day was in 1977, and the next time will not be until 2034 ‘Wow’ I’m glad I got an image… If you live in the northern hemisphere you may wonder why my image looks completely different than your view of a full Moon…it’s because we live in the land ‘down under’ and we see the Moons surface upside down! I hope you all had a lovely Xmas and Happy New Year to everyone 🙂

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  • Frist Q Moon NLowndes.jpg

    ~ 7 day ‘First Quarter Moon’ taken with Meade 10 inch Telescope ~

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  • Waxing Moon NLowndes.jpg

    ~ 10 day ‘Waxing Gibbous Moon’ taken with Meade 10 inch Telescope ~

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  • Full Moon NLowndes.jpg

    ~ 14 day ‘Full Moon’ taken with Meade 10 inch Telescope ~

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  • Total Lunar Eclipse 2011.jpg

    ~ The beautiful colour of a Total Eclipse of the Moon ~ Images taken with my Meade 8inch Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope

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  • Lunar Eclipse NLowndes.jpg

    ~ I’ve used my images to show how a lunar eclipse takes place, except planet Earth…that’s compliments of NASA ~

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  • Last Q Moon.jpg

    ~ First Quarter Moon with Cassini Crater, Alpine Valley (180kms long) & Plato Crater (110kms) ~

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  • Big Three Craters.jpg

    ~ The big three craters Theophilius, Cyrillus & Catharina all over 100kms in diameter ~

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  • South Pole Moon.jpg

    ~ Heavily cratered area around the South Pole of the Moon at last quarter Moon ~

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  • Golden Moon NLowndes.jpg

    ~ Shimmering Golden Moonrise ~

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  • Moon and Stars.jpg

    ~ Our beautiful Full Moon in a Starry night Sky ~ This is a composite of 2 images; the Moon was taken with a 10inch Meade Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope and the starry night sky was taken with a Meade 80mm triplet APO refractor at my Stardust Observatory at Leyburn.

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  • Saturn Occult NLowndes.jpg

    ~ The magnificent planet Saturn is occulted by our Moon ~ Sometimes there is a perfect alignment of the Moon with a planet, on the night of the 4th August 2014 here on the Gold Coast, the Moon had a meeting with the magnificent planet Saturn. Saturn is an incredible 1.3 billion kms away from us here on Earth and the Moon is just a mere 386,000kms away… This is a screen capture image from a HD movie that I took with a Canon 7D which was attached to my Meade 8inch Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope.

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  • Moon Venus NLowndes.jpg

    ~ Moon and Venus Conjunction ~ I was extremely lucky to capture some images of this beautiful conjunction before cloud covered the whole sky in a matter of minutes…I was really trying to capture an image of Comet Catalina together with the Moon and Venus, but there was no chance of that! Image was taken at 3.55am (AEST) on the 8th December 2015 with a Canon 7D camera and a 70-300mm lens at 160mm (Image is cropped) exposure time was 2 seconds and ISO800.

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  • Lunar Halo NLowndes.jpg

    ~ Huge ring around the Moon ~ When there’s very high cirrus cloud in the sky keep a look out for this beautiful event that’s caused by millions of hexagonal ice crystals being refracted by the moonlight. Image was taken with a Canon 7D and a Canon 10-20mm lens set at 10mm to capture the full 22 degree halo around the Moon.

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  • FirstQMoon NLowndes.jpg

    ~ Beautiful First Quarter Moon ~ I can’t believe we finally had a clear evening so I could capture a lovely image of the first quarter Moon through my 127mm refractor telescope. Usually I take my lunar images through a Meade 8inch or 10inch Schmidt-Cassergrain telescope, but the view through this refractor is so clear and crisp that I just wanted to try it out…and I’m so happy with the result 🙂 Images were taken with a North Group APO 127mm refractor using a Canon 700D camera at prime focus which was mounted on a HEQ5 PRO mount…there were 25images stacked in RegiStack6 and lightly processed in Photoshop. Camera settings were 1/100th second exposure and ISO200.

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  • FullMoon_NLowndes.jpg

    ~ Full Moon ~ Our beautiful Full Moon on the 25th November 2015 showing lunar libration in northern latitude (look to the lower left of the image to see how far the dark crater Plato is away from the lunar edge) we can see up to 59% of the lunar surface because of this phenomenon. Full Moon is the best time to see and photograph all the ejected material from craters Stevinus A, Tycho, Copernicus, Kepler and the extremely bright crater Aristarchus. Images taken with a 127mm refractor telescope and a Canon 700D camera at prime focus, 15 images were stacked in Registax6 and processed in Photoshop CS4.

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  • Sat_FullMoon_NLowndes.jpg

    ~ A closer look at the Full Moon ~ A higher magnification image of the Full Moon on the 25th November 2015 which was taken with my 127mm refractor and a Canon 700D camera, I also added a 2x Barlow lens in the system to capture a closer view of the lunar surface. 12 images were stacked in Registax6 and processed in Photoshop CS4.

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