October New Moon Spotting

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    May, 2005
October New Moon Spotting
Posted by Centaur on Thursday, October 03, 2013 11:43 AM
It’s nearly time for my monthly naked-eye New Moon spotting challenge, which can be difficult for observers north of the tropics while still near the autumnal equinox. The first realistic opportunity for North Americans will come with the two-day-old Moon on October 6.
 
   My more detailed article describing the waxing crescent Moon’s first appearance of the coming lunar month appears under the links for my preview graphics at www.CurtRenz.com/moon
 
   Photos and descriptions of the young Moon would be welcome additions to this thread.  Please include your location, date and time with zone.
 
   I can't get the new system on this message boarg to display a photo, so here is a link to one of the waxing crescent Moon that I shot from Arlington Heights, Illinois on 2011 OCT 28 at 18:18 CDT while the Moon was aged 2.1 days: http://www.curtrenz.com/NM111028.jpg
 
 

For astronomical graphics, including monthly wallpaper calendar, visit:

www.CurtRenz.com/astronomical


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  • From: Southern California near Disneyland
Posted by Silveradogold on Friday, October 04, 2013 12:53 AM

Centaur, thank you for the incentive.

I have looked forward to the New Moon Spotting Contests that you have hosted.

I hope I will see it this time.

Clear Skies ----- Silveradogold Cool

 

33° 48' 10"N, 117° 57' 49"W "Remember, without data your conclusion is just another opinion" Look at all the stars. You look up and you think, "God made all this and He remembered to make a little speck like me." It's kind of flattering, really. +++ 150mm SkyWatcher refractor - 120mm reflector - Celestron SkyMaster 15x70mm Binoculars +++

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  • From: Southern California near Disneyland
Posted by Silveradogold on Sunday, October 06, 2013 9:12 PM

Hello fellow astronomers and New Moon watchers.

We just saw the First Visibility of the New Moon !! My girlfriend and I saw the First Visibility at 18:46PDT or 0146UTC. We were at the shopping center at Brookhurst and Chapman in the city of Garden Grove, California, USA.

As usual the thin crescent is very awesome to observe, and a sprinkling of broken wisps of clouds made the sight a beauty to behold. We also got a glimpse of Saturn above the Crescent Moon.

Clear Skies ----- Silveradogold Cool

 

33° 48' 10"N, 117° 57' 49"W "Remember, without data your conclusion is just another opinion" Look at all the stars. You look up and you think, "God made all this and He remembered to make a little speck like me." It's kind of flattering, really. +++ 150mm SkyWatcher refractor - 120mm reflector - Celestron SkyMaster 15x70mm Binoculars +++

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Posted by leo731 on Monday, October 07, 2013 11:10 AM

I need not add details to what my wife and I enjoyed when we spotted the waxing crescent last night from our back porch as we were not more than a mile from where Silveradogold and his girlfriend observed it!   It was a sky with lots of color and cloud yet clear enough to allow the Moon to shine through.  How is that for a cosmic coincidence!

L

A nebula in the eyepiece is worth two in the Atlas.

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Posted by Centaur on Monday, October 07, 2013 4:26 PM

Thanks for your reports, Silveradogold & Leo731. Glad you got to see the young Moon in a pretty setting. Any pictures to show us?

For astronomical graphics, including monthly wallpaper calendar, visit:

www.CurtRenz.com/astronomical


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  • From: Southern California near Disneyland
Posted by Silveradogold on Monday, October 07, 2013 4:43 PM

Unfortunately all I had on me at the time was my Android cellphone and it's unfortunate ( .. lol .. ) small camera. I did get a picture of the event but the image is sooooo fuzzy from hand holding the cellphone that it's un-usable. Crying

It's good to hear from Leo731 again....

Clear Skies ----- Silveradgold Cool

 

33° 48' 10"N, 117° 57' 49"W "Remember, without data your conclusion is just another opinion" Look at all the stars. You look up and you think, "God made all this and He remembered to make a little speck like me." It's kind of flattering, really. +++ 150mm SkyWatcher refractor - 120mm reflector - Celestron SkyMaster 15x70mm Binoculars +++

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    October, 2005
Posted by leo731 on Tuesday, October 08, 2013 12:29 PM

Smile, Wink & GrinI strongly believe that if I had gone for my camera at that moment my dear wife would have broken my arm.

It was a lovely quiet moment that we shared under the darkening sky and I knew that grabbing a camera would spoil the vibe.  Perhaps next time!

Thanks Silverado.

L

A nebula in the eyepiece is worth two in the Atlas.

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